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Environmentalists Issue Legal Warning In Bid To Extend CCR Deadlines

Environmentalists are stepping up calls for EPA to extend comment deadlines for major deregulatory plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing in the case of its coal ash rule that failing to act risks violating constitutional Due Process rights and statutory requirements.

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Judge Grants Exxon Motion To Stay CLF’s Novel CWA Climate Change Case

In a potential setback for environmentalists, a federal district court judge has put on hold their novel litigation challenging the lack of climate change considerations in a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit for an ExxonMobil oil terminal, finding it is appropriate to wait until EPA finalizes a renewed permit for the facility next year.

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Oil Sector Seeks EPA Waivers During Pandemic, Alarming Environmentalists

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and other industry groups are pressing EPA and other agencies for a slew of regulatory exemptions to ease the impact of the ongoing economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, prompting alarm from environmentalists who warn the move is intended to serve as a pretext for further deregulation.

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California Says Water Rule Compliance ‘Essential’; Waste Haulers Seek Help

Despite a statewide shelter-in-place order, California officials are declining to issue blanket water quality regulatory waivers to regulated entities during the COVID-19 emergency, saying they must continue to comply with all state and regional rules or notify relevant boards if they are unable to.

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In Latest EPA Loss, 1st Circuit Finds Science Advisor Policy Unlawful

A federal appellate court has found that EPA’s controversial policy barring agency grant recipients from serving as EPA science advisors is unlawful because it skewed representation on the panels toward state and industry representatives, the second court defeat for the controversial policy in the past few weeks.

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In Latest EPA Loss, 1st Circuit Remands UCS’ Science Advisor Policy Suit

A federal appellate court has found that EPA’s controversial policy barring agency grant recipients from serving as EPA science advisors is unlawful because it skewed representation on the panels toward state and industry representatives, the second court defeat for the controversial policy in the past few weeks.

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States urge 9th Circuit to reject EPA landfill methane plan delay

States and environmental groups are charging that EPA’s August 2019 rule delaying deadlines in an Obama-era landfill methane rule should not override a prior court order requiring it to implement the standards.

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Industry Heightens Legal, Political Push To Pare Portland Harbor Remedy

Industry parties are stepping up pressure on EPA to pare back the cleanup remedy at the massive Portland Harbor Superfund site, filing a formal petition, warning of a potential suit and arguing that the agency’s deregulatory gains mean little if it requires businesses at the site to pay more than $1 billion over what they believe is needed.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Spurs Uncertainty For Waste Disposal, Recycling

Waste industry officials say the coronavirus pandemic is creating uncertainty for U.S. disposal and recycling, as business closures and a general economic slowdown are likely to cut the amount of waste created across the country, but limits on international trade will force domestic facilities to process a larger portion of the remaining waste.

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DOD Weighs New Policies To Manage Wider Swath Of PFAS Releases

The Defense Department (DOD) is weighing whether to develop policy that would manage cleanup and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across a range of media, including contaminated soil, stormwater runoff, biosolids and sludge, a potentially significant widening of its current focus on contaminated drinking water.

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