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EPA Proposes Coal Ash Permit Rule Limited, At First, To ‘High-Hazard’ Sites

EPA is proposing to require only a subset of “high hazard” coal ash disposal sites to seek permits immediately under its long-awaited Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rule establishing a nationwide permit program for the facilities, while deferring action on all others to an unspecified point in the future.

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EPA Readies Proposal To Establish Nationwide Coal Ash Permit Program

EPA is poised to unveil its proposal for a nationwide permit system to govern coal ash disposal under the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA), a long-awaited move that will rewrite enforcement of the standards for operating or closing down ash sites from a model driven by citizen suits to one with an active role for regulators.

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OIG to review EPA's rulemaking process

The audit could assess the Trump administration’s unusual process when it first crafted its controversial science transparency rule.

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EPA’s RMP Rollback Rule Faces Likely Court Test Over Legal Justifications

EPA is facing likely challenges over its rule rolling back Obama-era chemical facility safety requirements, with early signs pointing to the parties battling over the adequacy of the agency’s legal justifications, including its claim that the original rule failed to sufficiently weigh an arson finding at a key industrial incident and its cost-benefit analysis.

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EPA Rejects OIG Call To Craft Guidance For Air Monitoring In Emergencies

EPA is pushing back against recommendations from the agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) calling for better guidance on how federal and state authorities should monitor air quality during natural disasters, saying the suggestions are inappropriate to deal with the “myriad” situations that can arise.

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Carper Steps Up Push To Strengthen PFAS Rules After Congress’ Failure

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee, is stepping up his efforts to get legislative measures passed this year to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under drinking water and Superfund laws after lawmakers were unable to secure a deal on the measures in defense legislation.

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EPA sends PFAS groundwater cleanup guide for OMB review

Any final guidance will test concerns that the Pentagon may have sought to pre-empt the screening levels EPA had floated in a draft version of the document.

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EPA Eyes Elevating Portland Harbor Cleanup Decisions To Wheeler

EPA is considering elevating cleanup decision-making at the massive Portland Harbor, OR, cleanup to Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s office after the agency had rejected claims from an industry group that sampling it conducted shows greater than expected river recovery and warrants revised remedial action levels and other changes.

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Wheeler Plans To Scale Back SAB’s Process For Reviewing EPA Rules

EPA appears poised to overhaul the process the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has used for reviewing the science underlying ongoing rulemakings, with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler floating a new, “immediately effective” process that gives no role for SAB’s existing work group and instead places all decisions with SAB’s chair.

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After NDAA Failure, House Democrats Vow 2020 Floor Vote On PFAS Bill

After failing to secure significant regulatory provisions addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the pending fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), top House Democrats are pledging to bring to the floor early next year a comprehensive, stand-alone measure addressing the chemicals.

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