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Proposed Settlement Would End Years-Long Fox River CERCLA Litigation

The Justice Department (DOJ) has reached a proposed settlement with the two remaining potentially responsible parties (PRPs) at the massive Lower Fox River and Green Bay Superfund site, moving toward ending years-long litigation among PRPs and the government over a sediment cleanup expected to exceed $1 billion in costs.

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Environmentalists Seek To Block DOD's PFAS Disposal Ahead Of EPA Listing

Environmentalists are seeking to block military efforts to dispose of material containing perfluorinated compounds before EPA advances a plan to regulate the compounds under Superfund law, calling for a halt in the incineration of firefighting foam containing the chemicals and successfully objecting to disposal of contaminated soil in a New Jersey landfill.

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EPA, Environmentalists Spar Over Path Forward For Ash Rule Revisions

Environmentalists and EPA are making competing arguments for an appellate court's path forward on revisions to Obama-era coal ash disposal standards the agency has pledged to reconsider, with the challengers now suggesting the court could scrap the new rule but stay that mandate to avoid making regulatory compliance “impossible.”

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Environmentalists Challenge EPA Plan To Ease Cleanup At Portland Site

Environmentalists are opposing EPA's plan to ease strict sediment cleanup levels at the high-profile Portland Harbor Superfund site in Portland, OR, charging the agency lacks the scientific basis to extrapolate eased risk values from a recent risk review for the chemical benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) to other chemicals in the same class at the site.

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GAO Finds DOE Nuclear Weapons Cleanup Liabilities Jumped $109 Billion

The Energy Department's (DOE) liability for cleaning up the remaining 16 contaminated sites in its nuclear weapons complex jumped $109 billion over the past year, to $377 billion, largely due to updated estimates for addressing high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford reservation in Richland, WA, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a just-released report.

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New Hampshire Declines Call To Set SDWA Technology Standard For PFAS

New Hampshire's top environment official is rejecting a request by environmentalists to set enforceable “treatment technique” standards for drinking water utilities to address the thousands of chemicals in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class, claiming it would contradict the state's statutory authority.

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Judge Hints At Preserving $14 Billion Environmental Bankruptcy Case

A federal bankruptcy judge is hinting that he may preserve a massive case against the parent companies of the bankrupt oil and gas company Maxus Energy Corporation that seeks to fulfill claims by a liquidating trust representing EPA and other creditors for $14 billion in cleanup costs at hazardous waste sites in various states.

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Napolitano to head House environment panel

The longtime member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is the new chair of panel with jurisdiction over EPA's clean water programs.

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EPA's Stalled PFAS Groundwater Levels Stymie State Efforts At DOD Sites

The Trump administration's delay in issuing recommended groundwater cleanup levels for two of the most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hampering state and local efforts to address contamination stemming from military bases as the Defense Department (DOD) resists compliance with state standards.

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Air Force Sues New Mexico, Arguing Overreach In Cannon's RCRA Permit

The Air Force is suing New Mexico’s environmental regulators over its recently renewed 10-year Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) permit for Cannon Air Force Base, a case that appears to mark one of the first formal disputes between a state and the military over efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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