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Senate Confirms EPA Waste Chief Wright In Party-Line Vote

The Senate July 11 voted along party lines to confirm Peter Wright to lead EPA’s waste office, overcoming Democrats’ efforts to block, or at least delay, the vote as they cited new ethical questions, his long-time chemical industry background and EPA’s failure, to date, to fulfill promises to regulate two perfluorinated chemicals.

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House Poised To Debate PFAS Superfund Listing, Sparking GOP Criticism

The House is gearing up to debate an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would require EPA to list perfluorinated chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, a move that is already prompting strong opposition from a top Senate Republican opposed to the measure.

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Rules Committee Allows House Debate On Suite Of PFAS Amendments

The House Rules Committee is allowing lawmakers to debate a series of amendments governing perfluorinated chemicals when lawmakers take up the annual defense authorization bill in the coming days, including a key amendment requiring EPA to quickly designate the chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

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Petitioning OECD, EPA Seeks To Blunt Impact Of Global Plastic Waste Limits

EPA is formally opposing plans by a group of the world’s wealthiest countries from adopting limits on trade in plastic recyclables that were recently approved by the global body governing the waste trade, an effort that could blunt the impact of any global limits at a time that domestic recyclers are struggling to find markets for the material.

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NIEHS director announces retirement

Linda Birnbaum is stepping down from her leadership of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in October, where she has overseen research relevant to EPA.

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Democratic Senators To Push Superfund PFAS Listing During Wright Vote

Democratic senators are attempting to leverage the Senate’s upcoming floor vote on EPA waste chief nominee Peter Wright to require EPA to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law -- a measure that would allow the agency to hold responsible parties, including the Defense Department (DOD), liable for PFAS releases.

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In Election Preview, Trump Seeks To Blunt Vulnerability On Environment

In a preview of the 2020 election, President Donald Trump and his top aides are trying to blunt his vulnerability on the environment, highlighting improvements that began mostly prior to his tenure, reframing deregulatory initiatives as reducing pollution, touting various lands policies and defending rollbacks as consistent with economic growth.

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DOE Urges Wheeler To Limit Superfund’s Reach At Nuclear Waste Site

A top Energy Department (DOE) official is reiterating potentially precedent-setting arguments that DOE’s Atomic Energy Act (AEA) authorities should effectively supersede EPA authorities under the Superfund law in the cleanup of the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation, TN.

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EPA Declines To Set CERCLA Financial Assurance Rule For Power Sector

EPA is proposing to decline financial responsibility requirements for the electric power generator sector under the Superfund law, saying the existing regulation of coal combustion residuals (CCR), the financial stability of the sector and other factors suggest a low level of risk that does not warrant a mandatory federal regulatory requirement.

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States Seek Data To Enhance Produced Water Reuse As EPA Eyes New Rules

State regulators are outlining research needs that, if answered, could increase the feasibility of reusing produced water from oil and gas drilling, an approach that stands in contrast to EPA plans to ease regulatory requirements as a way to encourage the practice.

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