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6th Circuit lets RCRA suit stand despite state cleanup plan

The appeals court is letting environmentalists sue over “imminent and substantial endangerment” from a Kentucky power plant already subject to a state-crafted plan addressing leaks to groundwater.

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As EPA Weighs Plan, Rural Utilities Urge Wheeler To 'Resist' PFAS Limit

As EPA prepares to consider its long-awaited plan to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of rural utilities is urging acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler “to resist calls for a national” drinking water standard for PFAS, asking the agency instead to focus on alternative methods to deal with contamination rather than regulation.

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Army Orders Reduced Open Burning, As NAS Eyes Alternative Methods

The Army's installations and environment office has ordered the service's commands to immediately seek to reduce the open-burning of explosives waste in the face of ongoing pressure from citizens groups to end the practice just as the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is slated to suggest demilitarization alternatives to open burning/open detonation (OB/OD) of munitions.

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EPA Seeks To Limit Industry Data Requests In Enforcement, Raising Concern

EPA is seeking to limit information the agency requests from industry or states in enforcement and regulatory proceedings under federal air, waste and water laws, in a bid to ease burdens on industry and the agency, though the actions are reviving accusations that the Trump administration is curtailing environmental oversight.

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Utilities Seek Role In Environmentalists' Suit Over EPA Ash Rule Changes

Utilities are asking a federal appeals court to let them intervene in environmentalist groups' suit over the Trump EPA's first round of revisions to the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule, in which the groups are alleging that the agency ignored its duty to avert harms to health and the environment when it extended compliance deadlines.

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EPA touts Mexican border truck anti-idling plan to cut emissions

In a new 'highlights' report, the agency is promoting the benefits of a joint U.S.-Mexico program to reduce truck air emissions on the border.

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Coal Ash Disposal Site Assessments Tee Up Next Legal Fight Over Closure

Environmentalists are eyeing the latest round of reports on coal ash disposal sites' compliance with EPA's rule for disposal of the waste to provide data for new legal fights seeking stringent environmental safeguards at facilities slated for closure, but those efforts face limits under regulatory deadline extensions in revisions to the 2015 standards.

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Justices reject case on environmental penalties for corporate officers

The Supreme Court has declined a petition that sought strict limits on when corporate officers face fines and other penalties for their personal conduct in a violation of environmental law.

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EPA updates Superfund emphasis list, adds new criteria

EPA's third revision to its list of Superfund sites to receive priority attention updates the criteria that the agency uses to consider sites for addition to the list.

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6th Circuit orders response to CWA groundwater suit rehearing bid

The appellate court's order could signal interest from at least some of its judges in rehearing the case that rejected CWA liability for groundwater-borne pollution.

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