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Legislature’s Action May End Court Hold On New Hampshire PFAS Standards

New Hampshire’s environment department is asking a state court to lift a ban on enforcing the state’s landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) following the state legislature’s passage of identical standards in July and their enactment into law.

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NRC Nuclear Waste Plan Draws Criticism From States, Environmentalists

Three states and dozens of environmental groups are criticizing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) proposal to relax disposal requirements for some radioactive waste by warning it would leave the material unregulated, and say it would violate a host of federal laws including the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA).

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EPA Urges NRC To Tighten Radiation Waste Rule With More Safeguards

EPA is urging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to revise a proposed interpretative radiation waste rule to add a host of safeguards and limit the types of disposal facilities that can accept the waste, responding to the NRC’s plan to effectively relax disposal requirements for “very low-level radioactive waste” (VLLW).

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Hurricane Laura Renews Concerns On Climate Change, Chemical Spills

Environmentalists fear Hurricane Laura is already leading to a repeat of the Gulf Coast chemical spills that resulted from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, and they say those releases show the need to reconsider the hazard posed by industrial site spills in light of more-frequent severe storms caused by climate change.

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EPA poised to publish ‘Part A’ coal ash rule, starting clock for suits

Environmentalists have already vowed to sue over EPA’s latest coal ash rule, which sets new closure deadlines for many ash disposal sites including those that lack protective “composite” liners.

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In Appeal, Environmentalists Seek Reversal Of CERCLA Reporting Waiver

Environmentalists in their opening brief in a potentially precedent-setting Superfund case are urging a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court ruling that exempted a steel mill from Superfund reporting requirements because the facility holds a Clean Air Act (CAA) permit -- even though its emissions violate those permits.

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PFAS Incineration Test Hits Hurdle While EPA Touts Alternatives Contest

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is blaming an Obama-era agency official for efforts that resulted in nixing a research plan to test per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) incineration methods in New Jersey, while the administrator is touting the launch of a $50,000 contest to find alternative disposal methods to burning the substances.

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Military Cites National Impacts In Urging Court To Reject State PFAS Push

The Air Force is urging a federal district court overseeing multi-district litigation (MDL) on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to reject an attempt by New Mexico to force the military to implement interim cleanup measures, arguing the state’s motion has national implications for the service’s cleanup priorities and raises threshold Superfund law questions.

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NAS panel calls for expanding EPA’s food waste reduction plan

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences is calling for a national strategy to tackle consumers’ food waste, including expansion of a food waste initiative started by EPA and other federal agencies.

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House Democrats fault Wheeler’s ‘giveaway’ on EPA coal ash rule

Top Democrats on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee called EPA’s revisions to its coal ash standards a “giveaway to industry” and are seeking details on the rulemaking process.

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