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Democrats seek IG probe into Pruitt's Superfund pick

The lawmakers are seeking an inquiry into whether EPA followed “suitability” requirements when Administrator Scott Pruitt hired a disgraced former banker to oversee the agency's Superfund reforms.

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Utilities Urge EPA To Delay Ash Rule Deadlines Pending Policy Revisions

Utilities are urging EPA to postpone compliance deadlines in its coal ash disposal rule while the agency revises the policy to allow for site-specific disposal criteria and other flexibilities, warning that even if the rule is changed ahead of those deadlines there will be little time to craft new standards before facilities must take “irreversible” compliance steps.

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Mining company seeks rehearing of NPL listing decision

A mining company is urging a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision upholding EPA's decision to include its property as part of a Superfund site.

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Previewing Hearing, Environmentalists Fault EPA Coal Ash Rule Revisions

Environmentalists are previewing their testimony for an EPA hearing next week on the agency's planned revisions to its coal ash disposal rule, warning that the changes would increase risks to children's health by removing a mandate to protect sensitive subpopulations and harm communities by ending a requirement to quickly clean up ash spills.

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EPA outlines scope of ammonia ingestion assessment

EPA's plan for developing an assessment of the non-cancer health risks of ingesting ammonia illustrates agency official's push for more targeted evaluations.

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EPA Superfund 'Special Accounts' Guidance Aims To Incentivize Cleanups

EPA's Superfund chief has issued new guidance to the agency's regional offices that appears to ease EPA's ability to use money from its $3.2 billion site-specific "special accounts" funds in order to provide incentives for liable parties and developers to undertake cleanups at Superfund sites.

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Defendants In CWA Cases Aim To Limit Rulings On Groundwater Liability

Defendants in Clean Water Act (CWA) suits over groundwater releases are scrambling to minimize the impact of recent appellate decisions upholding penalties for pollution that travels through groundwater, raising new arguments in pending cases against the novel findings on liability under the water law for contamination of groundwater.

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FY18 Deal Funds EPA Work On Backstop Federal Coal Ash Permit Program

The fiscal year 2018 omnibus deal contains a little-noticed provision approving funding for a new EPA Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash permitting program, with utilities and the ash reuse sector urging the agency to quickly develop the program as a backstop for states that opt against creating their own permit programs.

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GOP Sees Quick Action On Bipartisan CCUS Bill, But Democrats Air Concern

Republican senators are signaling they want to move quickly on a bill boosting research for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies and easing permitting for related carbon dioxide pipelines, arguing the bipartisan measure is a needed complement to the recently expanded federal tax credit for CCUS.

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Fearing Precedent, Industry Seeks To Block Listing Of Vapor Intrusion Site

Fearing an adverse precedent, manufacturers are opposing what appears to be EPA's first proposed listing of a contaminated Mississippi site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) based solely on subsurface intrusion (SsI), arguing the agency failed to fully follow a 2017 rule that permits such listings.

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