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House energy panel weighs coal ash bill to reverse Trump rollbacks

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will this week review new coal ash legislation that would reverse Trump EPA regulatory rollbacks affecting coal ash disposal requirements.

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House Democrats push grants program to plug abandoned oil, gas wells

House Democrats are backing legislation to create an $8 billion grants program to plug thousands of orphan oil and gas wells across the country, mirroring measures in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.

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EPA schedules forum to seek input on future of brownfields cleanups

EPA plans to hold an online forum with nonprofit groups and community foundations to better understand their efforts to assess, clean up and redevelop brownfield sites.

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ARCO urges Supreme Court to back United States in Superfund case

Oil company Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) is urging the Supreme Court to back the United States over Guam in a Superfund case testing contribution rights and statute of limitations triggers.

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EPA, Navy Seek Dismissal Of Suit Contesting Superfund Cleanup Work

EPA and the Navy are asking a federal district court to drop a lawsuit filed by cleanup contractor Tetra Tech at a Superfund site in California, saying the litigation over redoing cleanup investigative work following Tetra Tech’s falsification of sampling data is barred from judicial review as it is effectively challenging a cleanup removal action.

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Environmentalists Press EPA For Multipollutant Power Sector Agenda

Major environmental groups are urging President Joe Biden to set a “clear and aggressive schedule” for EPA to curb climate and conventional pollutants from power plants using air, water and waste laws, underscoring the pressures facing the fossil fuel-fired plants regardless of whether Congress enacts clean energy measures.

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Whitmer Escalates Fight With DOD Over Michigan PFAS Cleanup Limits

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is escalating a fight with the Defense Department (DOD) over cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), invoking a provision in the 2020 defense authorization law to amend an existing Michigan-DOD agreement in a bid to force the military to meet the state’s strict PFAS water standards.

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Democrats Float Bill To Allow Private Suits Against PFAS Manufacturers

Newly announced legislation from House and Senate Democrats would allow individuals who have been exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to sue companies linked to those exposures, expanding liability for firms that make or use the chemicals while also setting up a new medical monitoring program for victims.

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In Cleanup Suit, 7th Circuit Rejects Broad View Of ‘Environmental Claim’

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that a power company’s efforts to pressure a rail company to voluntarily clean up contaminated property cannot be considered an “environmental claim” subject to a purchase contract’s indemnity clause that would allow the rail company to seek reimbursement for its cleanup costs.

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EPA Advisors Eye Ways To Manage Expectations For Great Lakes Cleanup

EPA’s Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB) is weighing how the agency should manage the public’s expectations for restoration of the lakes, noting that it is a long-term commitment and will require additional work and funding even after cleanup milestones are reached to address nutrients, invasive species and other pollutants.

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