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EPA Critique Of Missouri Ash Program Previews Bar For State Permit Rules

EPA is taking the rare step of publicly criticizing Missouri’s draft coal ash disposal rules for failing to meet the standard of protection required by the agency’s Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) ash rule, previewing the bar that EPA will set for states to win approval of their programs to comply with the rule’s mandates.

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California Faces Fight Over First-Time Universal Waste Rule For Solar Panels

Entities that produce, install, manage and recyclesolar photovoltaic (PV) panels say California’s first-time proposed universal waste (UW) rules for the panels do not address practical issues or offer enough flexibility, setting up a fight in the coming months as the state prepares to submit the streamlined requirements to U.S. EPA for approval.

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States Bolster Standing Claims In Suit Over EPA Landfill Methane Rule

States challenging EPA’s delay in implementing methane standards for existing landfills are bolstering their arguments for why they have standing to sue after the agency launched a broad challenge to their standing that sought to differentiate the challenge from the landmark Supreme Court ruling granting states “special solicitude” in climate suits.

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Air Force Seeks To Preserve Federal Test Case On State's PFAS Enforcement

The Air Force is urging a federal judge to reject calls from New Mexico officials to remove its challenge to a waste permit governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to a state court, an effort aimed at preserving a suit that could become a test case on federal agencies' attempts to limit state regulation of PFAS in the absence of EPA standards.

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Defendants seek to block massive environmental bankruptcy suit

The defendants, who allegedly fraudulently transferred assets to bankrupt a subsidiary facing $14 billion in environmental liabilities, says the the ruling allows for an unprecedented expansion of the statutes of limitation.

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Top Senate Democrats press EPA, DOD on PFAS groundwater guidelines

Many of the 16 senators who signed the letter are ranking Democrats on key committees.

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High court lets stand landmark 6th Circuit toxic tort ruling

The Supreme Court is declining to review an appellate ruling that attorneys have said takes an extremely broad view of when courts can certify toxic tort cases as class actions.

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Canadian Mine Again Asks High Court To Weigh CERCLA's Foreign Reach

The Canadian mining company Teck Metals is again asking the Supreme Court to review a controversial appellate ruling requiring it to pay cleanup response costs even though the release occurred outside the United States, more than ten years after the company failed to convince the court to consider the issue.

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Suit Claims Lack Of Public Input Invalidates EPA’s State Ash Plan Approval

Environmentalists are asking a federal district court to scrap EPA’s first-time approval of a state’s coal ash disposal plan, arguing that Oklahoma’s precedent-setting plan is void because it is too lax and the agency has not yet issued guidelines mandated by federal waste law for how states should seek public input on their ash programs.

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As EPA, DOD Battle, New Jersey Adopts Strict Groundwater PFAS Level

New Jersey regulators have set strict health-based groundwater cleanup standards for two common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), adopting interim levels that are forty times more stringent than those being pushed by the Defense Department (DOD) in an ongoing fight with EPA over federal cleanup levels.

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