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Spotlighting recycling collaboration, EPA signs mercury switch MOU

Launching a dialogue to tackle major challenges in the recycling arena, EPA has renewed an agreement to recover mercury-containing switches from vehicles.

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EPA, OIG At Odds Over Whether Land-Application Of Biosolids Is 'Safe'

EPA's Office of Water and Office of Inspector General (OIG) are at odds over the agency's position that the land-application of sewage sludge is safe, with OIG in a new report noting the agency has identified 352 pollutants in the treated sludge, 61 of which are designated as acutely hazardous, hazardous or priority pollutants in other programs.

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EPA Eases RCRA For Airbag Removals But Keeps Hazardous Waste Status

EPA has issued an interim final rule that conditionally exempts auto dealers and salvage vendors from hazardous waste requirements when removing and handling recalled and other airbags from vehicles, in a measure aimed at expediting the removal of millions of defective Takata airbag inflators under an ongoing federal recall.

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EPA Region 4 Chief Indicted, Likely Bolstering Democrats' Ethics Oversight

The indictment of EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn on criminal charges of violating Alabama's ethics laws is likely to bolster House Democrats' plans to strengthen federal ethics law, which they are already justifying based on concerns that former EPA chief Scott Pruitt was able to escape scrutiny due to inadequate requirements.

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To Bolster Ash Reuse, EPA Urged To Extend Waste Site Closure Targets

The coal ash reuse sector is pressing EPA to extend its regulatory deadlines for ash impoundments to shut down as it revises the 2015 Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rule governing the waste, arguing that a longer timeframe will broaden their window to “harvest” previously disposed ash to reuse in products such as wallboard.

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Utilities Push EPA Site-Specific Ash Rule Review After Appeals Court Loss

Utilities are urging EPA to launch a comprehensive site-specific review of which coal ash disposal facilities that were formerly exempt from the Obama-era ash waste rule should now be subject to disposal standards, following an appellate ruling that ended the waivers and that environmentalists say justifies a broader, stricter rule.

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D.C. Circuit Ruling Might Bolster Environmentalists' Suits Over EPA Ash Rule

Environmentalists plan to make the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's order for EPA to strengthen its 2015 coal ash disposal rule a centerpiece of two recently-filed challenges to the agency's Trump-era ash policies, offering an early signal of how environmentalists plan to broaden the precedent set by the order.

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EPA, states seek quick briefing in landfill methane suit

EPA recently moved to pause litigation over Obama-era methane rules for landfills, citing its recent proposal to significantly extend states' compliance deadlines under the rule.

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Supreme Court Puts Fight Over CWA Groundwater Liability On Fast Track

The Supreme Court is fast-tracking petitions over whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) limits groundwater pollution that flows into surface waters, setting a Nov. 30 date to consider whether to take up the two pending cases testing the issue within hours of the parties filing their final briefs.

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EPA Declines Growing Calls To Set Surface Water Standards For PFAS

EPA is facing growing calls from states and other stakeholders to set surface water standards for perfluorinated compounds, but the agency currently has no plans to establish such standards, an EPA water official told state waste managers recently.

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