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Mining companies say court lacks jurisdiction in Gold King spill case

The case is part of multi-district litigation over the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado, where EPA cleanup work accidentally triggered a spill of 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater in 2015.

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EPA sends Superfund financial assurance, NCP spill rules for OMB review

The White House is reviewing a final rule on Superfund financial responsibility for three industrial sectors, and a separate final regulation that would revise oil spill monitoring requirements.

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Testing State Policies, Businesses Sue New Jersey Over PFAS Water Rules

Business and industry groups in New Jersey are suing the state over its drinking water and groundwater regulations governing the two most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), posing an early legal test of some states’ efforts to set enforceable drinking water limits for PFAS in the absence of EPA regulation.

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Critics Charge Bankruptcy Deal Fails To Address California Site’s Pollution

California officials and federal lawmakers are criticizing a bankruptcy settlement between the United States and a lead-acid battery manufacturer because it is expected to leave thousands of properties without sufficient funding for the cleanup of lead, but one legal expert says the deal follows bankruptcy law and is similar to other such settlements.

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Exxon urges 1st Circuit to continue stay of novel climate case

ExxonMobil argues a federal appeals court lacks jurisdiction to review a lower court’s stay of a novel climate change case, but if the appeals court finds it does have jurisdiction, it should affirm the stay.

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Critics Eye DOE’s Use Of New Nuclear ‘High-Level Waste’ Interpretation

Environmentalists and the state of Washington are closely watching the Energy Department’s (DOE) first application of a disputed new interpretation of “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) that eases waste disposal options, weighing potential actions to address concerns that the reinterpretation flouts federal law and upends treatment options.

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Bipartisan Senate group seeks modest PFAS measures in defense bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spearheaded the bipartisan effort, with included three Republicans -- Sens. Todd Young (IN), Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) -- among the 21 signatories.

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EPA Shifts Oversight Of Cleanup Site To USDA, Spotlighting CERCLA Reform

EPA and the U.S. Forest Service have reached agreement to cede EPA’s cleanup authority to the service for oversight of a mining cleanup site in Colorado, showcasing EPA’s Superfund reform to designate one agency as the lead for cleanup projects at mixed-ownership mining sites in order to reduce duplication and increase efficiencies.

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Pressure Builds To Uphold House PFAS Measures In Final Defense Bill

Pressure is building on House and Senate conferees to the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to uphold more than a dozen measures addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), even as lawmakers punt formal conference committee negotiations until after the Nov. 3 election.

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Senate Democrats query EPA on plans for withholding funding to cities

A group of seven Senate Democrats are seeking answers from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on suggestions that the agency might withhold environmental funding for several Democratic-run cities.

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