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Reversing Stance, Wheeler Settles Nuclear Waste Cleanup Fight With DOE

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has settled a long-running fight between Region 4 and the Energy Department (DOE) over applying water standards to radionuclides at a Superfund cleanup, setting a precedent by reversing the region’s push to impose technology-based effluent limits but backing its push to apply water-quality based standards.

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Waste industry eager to work with Regan on methane issues

The National Waste & Recycling Association is welcoming Michael Regan as the Biden administration’s expected nominee to head EPA, expressing interest in working with him on landfill methane issues.

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Florida agriculture official urges Biden EPA to reverse CWA 404 decision

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is asking President-elect Joe Biden’s designee for EPA administrator to reconsider allowing the state to assume Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill permitting.

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EPA agrees with OIG call to improve accuracy of e-Manifest statements

At the urging of the Office of Inspector General, EPA has agreed to improve accuracy when it prepares financial statements of its Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest) System Fund.

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New Jersey DEP Chief McCabe Faults EPA For Lack Of PFAS Class Policy

Retiring New Jersey environment chief Catherine McCabe is faulting what she calls a lack of EPA leadership as one of two major obstacles that explain why the state cannot yet regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a class, adding that the other hurdle is differences among the chemicals that make a single rule difficult.

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EPA poised to propose new PFAS drinking water monitoring

The final rule requiring drinking water utilities to monitor for currently unregulated contaminants is expected to require sampling for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Guam Rebuts U.S., Urges High Court To Hear CERCLA Contribution Case

Guam, rebutting U.S. arguments, is reiterating its push for the Supreme Court to accept a case testing the scope of the Superfund law’s contribution clause, with the territory arguing the federal government concedes a circuit split on the issue exists and that it does not deny the case involves legal provisions critical to operating the Superfund program.

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EPA Nears Final Decision On Whether To Issue PFAS Drinking Water Limit

EPA is nearing a final decision on whether to pursue a first-time drinking water standard for two of the most well studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), sending its regulatory determination for White House interagency review less than three weeks before a Jan. 4 statutory deadline for finalizing the action.

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Carper Calls For EPA To Strengthen Recycling Strategy, Broaden Scope

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member on the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee, and state groups are calling on EPA to significantly strengthen its national recycling strategy, saying the agency should expand the plan to emphasize reduction and reuse and move to adopting product stewardship policies.

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Industries Back EPA Recycling Strategy, Inclusion of ‘Advanced Recycling’

The waste and chemical industries are generally backing EPA’s draft National Recycling Strategy but groups representing the sectors are advocating additional measures with some industry organizations pushing for inclusion of “advanced recycling” -- a controversial method that has drawn opposition from environmentalists.

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