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Wheeler tours swing states to tout Trump environment record

“Given the polling, it makes sense Wheeler would be heading to battlegrounds to greenwash Trump’s abysmal record,” one environmentalist says of Wheeler’s recent visits to Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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Environmentalists will appeal ruling upholding EPA ash rule reviews

Environmental groups will ask a federal appeals court to tighten both EPA’s overall process for reviewing state coal ash permit programs, and Oklahoma’s rules in particular.

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Senators Back New Federal Action To Aid Recycling But Specifics Hazy

Senators from both parties appear open to new federal action that would bolster recycling programs to combat a growing plastic-waste crisis, but what that action would look like remains unclear as neither side is embracing a Democratic bill to enforce “extended producer responsibility” (EPR) mandates for manufacturers.

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States Urge EPA To Address PFAS In Industrial Stormwater General Permit

Several states are asking EPA to add requirements to its proposed industrial stormwater general permit to limit pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through pollution prevention actions and monitoring requirements, with Colorado warning it may deny certification of the permit without the changes.

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Environmentalists appeal ruling granting novel CERCLA reporting waiver

The Clean Air Council wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling that exempted a steel mill from Superfund reporting because it held Clean Air Act permits.

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Carper Seeks Timeline for PFAS Designation, Cites Apparent OMB Delay

Senate environment panel ranking member Tom Carper (D-DE) is pressing EPA to confirm whether the White House has stalled for months an agency plan to designate two key per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, seeking a definitive timeline for issuing the finding.

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Senate panel backs funding increases for DOD’s PFAS work

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved small funding boosts to further address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in next year’s Defense Department authorization bill.

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Wheeler Touts Superfund Success Report, But Key Cleanup Data Missing

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is touting cleanup successes in the agency’s just-released Superfund fiscal year 2019 accomplishments report, but the report -- released annually to chronicle statistics from the previous fiscal year -- hides a poor record because it lacks data on key cleanup milestones, says a former high-level EPA official.

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Sen. Shaheen floats bill to mandate PFAS blood testing, DOD task force

“The well-being of our service members is paramount . . . every effort should be made to track and safeguard their health” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on introducing her bill.

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Judges Eye Reversing Broad Interpretation Of CERCLA Contribution Rights

Federal appeals court judges appeared at recent oral argument to be leaning toward backing the United States’ attempt to overturn a lower court’s ruling that the federal government fears will undermine EPA’s ability to reach settlements with potentially responsible parties (PRPs) at Superfund sites and ensure prompt cleanups.

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