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California Policymakers Fail To Secure Deals On Key Environmental Bills

California lawmakers wrapped up their 2019 legislative session Sept. 13 but without securing the environmental deals many were seeking, with Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) pledging to veto a bill locking in Obama-era standards and the legislature failing to vote on another bill setting landmark plastic recycling standards.

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D.C. Circuit issues mandate in CERCLA financial rule case

Issuance of the mandate signals that environmentalists will not ask the court to reconsider its ruling allowing EPA to decline issuance of first-time Superfund financial assurance rules for the mining sector.

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Justices Slate Arguments In Suit On CERCLA Pre-Enforcement Review Bar

The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments later this year in a landmark suit over the reach of the Superfund law’s bar on pre-enforcement judicial review, a case in which the Trump administration is backing an oil company’s effort to overturn a landmark Montana high court ruling that found the bar does not extend to state damages claims.

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DOD Braces For Increase In PFAS Site Universe, Cleanup Cost Estimates

As Congress weighs legislation requiring that the Defense Department (DOD) and other liable parties address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Pentagon officials say they expect the number of contaminated sites and associated cleanup costs to increase beyond past estimates, further boosting DOD’s total cleanup liability.

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Conferees Eye House Measure Curbing DOE Bid To Ease Nuclear Cleanups

As lawmakers prepare to resolve differences in their pending defense bills, they will have to consider an amendment attached to the House version of the bill that would limit the Energy Department’s (DOE) effort to reclassify “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) and ease associated waste disposal options.

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EPA Waste Official Calls For ‘Subdividing’ Superfund List To Aid Cleanups

BOSTON -- A top EPA waste official says the agency should be breaking down the National Priority List (NPL) of Superfund sites based on site-specific factors, such as the type of contamination involved, in order to develop better cleanup strategies, as one way to “evolve” the program based on advice from the just-concluded Superfund Task Force.

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OMB begins review of final RMP rollback rule

Any final rule will almost certainly face stiff legal challenges from environmentalists, labor and other critics, who successfully defeated an earlier effort to delay implementation of the Obama-era standards.

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HEI launches fracking spinoff

The Health Effects Institute is launching HEI-Energy, an affiliate that will study the health effects of unconventional oil and natural gas development.

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Late Changes Soften Industry Opposition To California Plastic Recycling Bill

Recently adopted amendments to California legislation that seeks to reduce plastic and other waste from single-use containers 75 percent by 2030 is softening though not eliminating industry opposition to the bill, making it more likely the measure will be approved by lawmakers before the state’s Sept. 13 legislative session deadline, sources say.

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Chemical Companies Back PFAS Policies, Bolstering Legislative Push

DuPont and Chemours, two of the companies significantly involved in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) issues, are backing a series of legislative amendments requiring EPA to regulate the substances under several environmental laws, bolstering efforts by lawmakers to win passage of the legislation in a pending defense bill.

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