Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), chairman of a House environment panel, plans to consider portions of a just-introduced bipartisan brownfields bill as the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee develops broad brownfields legislation but says there are omissions that need to be further discussed with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Proponents of EPA's cleanup programs are pushing to shore up funding in a rebuke of the Trump administration's proposed spending cuts, with bipartisan House lawmakers eying brownfields legislation amid a strong push by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, as well as city, county and state officials, who have advocated for the program in recent weeks.
A federal district judge has found Dominion Virginia Power liable under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for allowing contaminants to leak from its coal ash impoundments at a Chesapeake, VA, utility into groundwater that then flowed to protected surface waters, backing environmentalists' novel claims on liability but denying their calls for strict penalties.
EPA's guidance for governmental entities seeking reimbursement for the costs of cleaning up the 2015 wastewater spill urges the use of “cooperative agreements” that it says will ease barriers to repayment.
A federal appeals court is questioning whether industry has legal standing for part of its suit over the Obama EPA's definition of solid waste (DSW) rule, asking for new briefs on whether industry has a right to contest a regulatory exclusion in the rule even though petitioners never used a weaker exclusion in a Bush-era version of the rule.
House Democrats and other administration critics are warning top officials that recent actions by EPA and other agencies delaying implementation of almost a dozen Obama-era environmental and energy efficiency rules may violate the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and urging the officials to withdraw the actions.
The Trump administration's plans to slash EPA's budget in fiscal year 2018, including a proposed 30 percent cut to the Superfund program, is likely to stymie plans by Administrator Scott Pruitt to prioritize cleanups and accelerate deletion of sites from the National Priorities List (NPL), a former EPA official says.
A coalition of GOP states is petitioning EPA to delay by an additional 15 months the effective date of the Obama administration's final rule updating the agency's facility accident prevention program, saying more time is needed beyond the current delayed June deadline for EPA to weigh whether to revise or outright repeal the regulation.