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Court Opens Door To New U.S. CERCLA Liability But Allocations May Be Key

A federal appellate court has found that the United States may be liable for cleanup costs as an “owner” at a massive Superfund site on public land while upholding a lower court ruling that found the government is not liable as an "arranger" at the site -- opening the door to new federal liability -- though attorneys say much will depend on how any liability is allocated.

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Exclusion Of 'Legacy' Uses From TSCA May Limit Cleanups, Critics Tell EPA

EPA is drawing criticism from its children's health advisors and a Region 9 official over its decision to preclude legacy uses of chemicals, such as asbestos, in finished products from review under the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), bolstering criticisms from environmentalists who say they may sue the agency over its approach.

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EPA extends comment period for uranium groundwater rule

EPA's extension of the comment period through Oct. 16 backs a request from community groups seeking additional time.

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EPA seeks stay of AFO air reporting requirements

EPA wants a six-month delay for complying with an appellate order forcing animal feeding operations to report certain air releases, saying it needs time to craft guidance on the order.

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EPA Sees Superfund Task Force Report As 'Starting Point' For State Talks

EPA's top equity official says an internal task force's recommendation for overhauling the Superfund program is only a “starting point” for the effort rather than a binding agenda for reform, suggesting potentially months or even years of talks with states officials and extensive input from advisory board before EPA issues any final plan.

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District court order may revive CWA coal ash appeal

Just hours after a federal appeals court rejected a case testing power plants' Clean Water Act liability for coal ash leaks to groundwater, the district court reviewing the case filed a new order likely to give rise to a fresh appeal.

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Environmentalists urge NRC to revoke cleanup contractor's license

The group is concerned that EPA and state regulators are not doing enough in the face of allegations that a cleanup contractor conducted fraudulent assessments of soil contamination.

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Communities Ready Task Force To Resist Pruitt Superfund Reform Effort

Grassroots community groups are forming a task force to help them push back against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s efforts to reform the Superfund program, arguing that his endeavor raises significant concerns about curtailing cleanup oversight and planning to come up with alternative approaches to offer the administrator.

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4th Circuit declines coal ash CWA appeal

The appeals court will not review Clean Water Act liability for groundwater pollution from coal ash until district court proceedings finish -- a process that could reach into or beyond 2018.

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Bodine wins panel approval for EPA enforcement chief slot

Democrats opposed the nominee, and promised to oppose others, over EPA's lack of responsiveness to their oversight queries.

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