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EPA floats CERCLA financial assurance plans for fuel, chemical sectors

EPA has previously declined to impose financial responsibility requirements for the hard rock mining and power sectors.

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Despite Court Losses, EPA Seeks To Ease Coal Plant Rules, Irking Critics

EPA critics are casting newly unveiled revisions to water and waste rules for coal-fired power plants as part of a broad agenda to prioritize the coal industry over protecting human health and the environment, arguing that the agency is fast-tracking deregulatory policies for the sectors despite court orders to strengthen other elements of the regulations.

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Michigan delays action on PFAS MCLs

A state regulatory oversight board has delayed until Nov. 14 action on draft drinking water standards for seven perfluorinated chemicals, prompting outcry from environmentalists.

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IG to review civil rights complaint compliance

The Office of Inspector General says it plans “to help identify potential discriminatory conduct on the part of recipient agencies, especially in overburdened communities.”

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Revised EPA Ash Rule Targets 2020 For Site Closures But Offers Extensions

EPA’s just-released proposed revisions to the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule include 2020 deadlines for closing some ash disposal sites previously exempt from the rule in order to address an adverse appellate ruling, but the agency is also proposing new extensions to the closure timeline that could give operators until 2028 to comply.

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EPA’s Waste Office Wrestles With Questions Over PFAS Final Disposal

Even as EPA grapples with policies governing legacy cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the agency’s Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery (ORCR) is wrestling with the best methods for disposal of wastes containing PFAS in response to questions pouring in seeking advice on the issue, a top official says.

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Unusual Alliance Urges Justices To Preserve States’ Claims Under Superfund

Democratic state attorneys general and free-market legal groups, two interests that rarely agree, are urging the Supreme Court to allow Montana landowners to pursue state common law damages claims over a Superfund site, warning that EPA and industry arguments seeking to preempt such claims would disrupt the federal-state balance.

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Lawmakers float ambitious new bill to address plastic waste

“There is currently no incentive in this country to reduce and reuse plastic, or for producers to use recycled plastics,” says Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).

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Inhofe floats ‘skinny’ defense bill without PFAS measures

The bill is intended as a backup in the event lawmakers cannot agree on border wall funds but a group of House lawmakers say they have the votes to block any bill if it does not include PFAS provisions.

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Judge Skeptical Of EPA Effort To Lift Looming Landfill Methane Deadline

A federal district judge appears skeptical of EPA’s request to lift a looming deadline for issuance of a direct federal plan for most of the country to implement Obama-era rules to cut methane emissions from landfills, with the agency arguing the deadline is moot because it has finalized a separate rule extending its deadline to issue the federal plan.

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