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D.C. Circuit Upholds EPA’s ‘Definition Of Solid Waste’ Rule Exclusion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld an EPA regulatory exclusion that exempts third-party recyclers of hazardous secondary materials from strict waste rule requirements, finding that EPA has authority to make such exclusions and adequately explained why such materials may be subject to eased handling requirements.

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Rejecting Industry Calls, ATSDR Backs EPA’s Strict Risk Approach On TCE

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is backing EPA’s 2011 assessment setting strict risk values for the ubiquitous solvent trichloroethylene (TCE), rejecting industry calls to ignore a controversial toxicology study that EPA’s risk program used when it set TCE risk values to protect against fetal heart malformations.

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Peter Wright edges closer to Senate confirmation vote

The Senate could vote as soon as July 9 on the nomination of the former Dow Co. lawyer to lead EPA’s waste office.

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Senate approves PFAS, CCS measures on defense bill

Passage of the bill sets up a likely showdown with the House, which is expected to adopt different stances on the PFAS and CCUS provisions included in the Senate bill.

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House Weighs Host Of PFAS Restrictions As Senate Limits Debate

House Democrats are floating a series of amendments to a pending defense bill that seek to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including one that would address PFAS under the Superfund law, setting up a potential clash with the Senate, where GOP leaders appear to be limiting debate on amendments.

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Dischargers Back EPA Groundwater Policy But Urge Formal Rulemaking

Groups representing a variety of industry sectors subject to Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits are backing EPA’s recent policy statement declaring that pollution releases to groundwater should never be subject to permit limits, though many of them also urge the agency to strengthen the policy through a formal rulemaking.

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EPA Proposal To Back Georgia Ash Program Sets Model For Strict State Plans

EPA is formally proposing to approve Georgia’s coal ash disposal permit program, which would make the Peach State the second to win federal permission to regulate ash disposal after Oklahoma and the first to go further than EPA’s ash standards by incorporating a 2018 appellate court ruling that ordered the agency to strengthen its nationwide ash rule.

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OMB ‘Tight-Lipped’ On Ash Reuse Sector’s Requests For EPA Rule Rewrite

White House officials are staying “tight-lipped” on the content of EPA’s pending “phase two” proposal to overhaul the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule undergoing pre-publication review, after ash reuse industry representatives met with administration officials and urged them to address several flaws in the rule through the proposal.

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IG finds transparency could have alleviated Superfund report concerns

The Inspector General says EPA should have better explained the role of agency staff in developing the report, but the agency properly followed federal records law.

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Water Utilities Fight PFAS Superfund Listing, Fearing Waste Disposal Liability

Wastewater and drinking water utilities are raising concerns about some lawmakers’ efforts to force EPA to list a whole class of perfluorinated chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, saying it could create cleanup liability for systems that have land-applied their biosolids or disposed of waste from drinking water treatment.

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