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Trump EPA Waste Chief Urges Review Of RCRA, CERCLA To Manage PFAS

Trump EPA waste office chief Peter Wright says the agency should review the potential for a “holistic” approach to managing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with a possible Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste designation or Superfund hazardous substance listing for two of the chemicals.

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1st Circuit Upholds Superfund Site Settlement, Rejects ‘Arbitrary’ Label

A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by third parties to invalidate a settlement between the federal government and two companies at a Rhode Island Superfund site, rejecting their claim that the pact was a rubber stamp of an earlier EPA order that a lower court’s landmark ruling partially rejected as “arbitrary and capricious.”

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Early Data Show Promise For PFAS Destruction, But Byproducts Unclear

Preliminary data from a fast-tracked EPA research project examining four innovative destruction technologies as well as incineration for treating persistent chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) all showed promise in destroying the initial compounds, but it is unclear what potential byproducts the methods created.

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Capito Urges Quick EPA Release Of Determination For PFAS SDWA Rule

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the top Republican on the environment committee, is urging the White House to release from review the Trump EPA’s final regulatory determination to begin the process to regulate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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USS Lead Superfund Review May Test Biden EPA On Environmental Justice

The Biden EPA’s focus on environmental justice (EJ) as a cornerstone of the agency’s actions could face an early test with the first five-year review of a former lead smelter Superfund site in East Chicago, IN -- a site where advocates for years have urged a greater EPA focus on various sources of lead pollution affecting the local EJ community.

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Environmentalists challenge rule loosening coal ash ‘liner’ mandate

Three environmental groups are suing over the Trump-era rule that allows some ash disposal sites to keep operating even if they lack otherwise mandatory “composite” liners.

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Echoing Hearing, Regan Vows To Bolster EPA’s Science, Equity Focus

Michael Regan, President Joe Biden’s nominee for EPA administrator, is vowing in written responses to Senate environment committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) to protect agency scientists from political interference and to make environmental justice (EJ) a cornerstone of EPA actions, echoing commitments from his confirmation hearing.

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Novel Mine Cleanup Deal Faces Criticism Over Potential Liability Shield

Environmentalists are disputing a Superfund settlement reached in the last days of the Trump administration between EPA, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and a Canadian mining company, contending the voluntary cleanup the company is pledging to do to address abandoned mining waste might effectively void pending Clean Water Act (CWA) citizen suit claims against the company.

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Environmentalists Praise EPA Decision To Freeze Trump PFAS Proposal

Environmentalists are hailing EPA’s decision to freeze and review an 11th-hour proposal by the Trump EPA that dropped a prior commitment to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law and instead said the agency would weigh whether they should receive such a designation.

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Environmentalists press EPA for answers on radioactive byproduct plan

Environmentalists are seeking the release of EPA records related to the agency’s decision to allow the use of a radioactive fertilizer byproduct in federal road construction.

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