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Environmentalists, Chemical Sector Spar Over EPA PFAS Disposal Policy

Environmentalists and the chemical sector are sparring over whether EPA should endorse interim storage for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as part of its interim guidance on PFAS disposal, with environmentalists warning of major data gaps about disposal but industry claiming that “safe and effective” disposal methods exist.

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EPA clarifies status of potential Michigan site listing on NPL

The agency has clarified to local officials and the public that it is unlikely to list a 1,4-dioxane site spreading contamination in groundwater in Ann Arbor, MI, unless the state requests such a listing.

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Citing pandemic, OIG scraps audit of EPA radiological response office

The agency’s Office of Inspector General says it intends to resume its audit of EPA’s emergency response to radiological incidents once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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EPA seeks further court delay in radioactive byproduct case

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to further delay briefing in litigation brought by environmentalists over the Trump-era approval of reuse of a radioactive fertilizer byproduct in federal road construction.

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EPA’s Fox Eyes Partnerships To Tackle Water Infrastructure Challenges

Acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox sees stronger partnerships with state and local governments as an important step in tackling major challenges to improve the nation’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and is highlighting a new infrastructure report card from civil engineers as a guide to future policy discussions.

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Ending Paper System, EPA Plans Full Shift To Use Of E-Manifest In June

EPA plans to phase out mailed paper hazardous waste manifests by the end of June as it tries to move to a fully electronic system and says that although it has had little success in boosting the rate of completely electronic waste manifest (e-manifest) submittals, companies are now transitioning to the e-manifest system.

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Ending Mailed Paper System, EPA Plans Transition To Use Of E-Manifest

EPA plans to phase out mailed paper hazardous waste manifests by the end of June as it tries to move to a fully electronic system and says that although it has had little success in boosting the rate of completely electronic waste manifest (e-manifest) submittals, companies are now transitioning to the e-manifest system.

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9th Circuit stays EPA lead dust hazard rule case

A federal appeals court has granted the Biden administration’s request to stay for 60 days litigation challenging the Trump EPA’s 2019 lead dust hazard standards.

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New Jersey, PFAS makers battle over state’s NRD claims

New Jersey is fighting an attempt by DuPont and other manufacturers of PFAS to dismiss natural resource damages claims the state has filed over PFAS and other contamination at four sites.

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Senate EPW announces subcommittee assignments

The announcement of the subcommittee assignments means that senators on EPW can begin work on developing legislation designed in part to achieve President Joe Biden’s environmental goals.

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