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Democrats, GOP retain key Energy & Commerce leadership slots

The committee's environment and energy panels will see the same top Democratic and Republican lawmakers as the prior Congress.

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After EPA Vow, House Group Intensifies Push For PFAS Superfund Listing

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers from Michigan is intensifying its push for EPA to list all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, a step that would give the agency authority to compel cleanups, weeks after EPA agreed to list two of the most common PFAS substances.

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Environmentalists Expand Push For State PFAS Technology Standards

Environmentalists are petitioning officials in Michigan -- a state with extensive contamination from perfluorinated compounds -- to adopt technology-based drinking water standards for the entire class of chemicals, expanding on a campaign that has so-far focused on Northeast states.

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EPA Weighs Easing Waste Rules For Bioreactor Landfills But Eyes Methane

EPA is considering easing limits on municipal solid waste landfills to allow for the addition of liquids to so-called wet and bioreactor landfills as a way of speeding waste degradation, but the agency is grappling with how to deal with increases in the emissions rate of methane, the potent greenhouse gas, and other landfill gases that would also result.

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Scotched Senate nomination deal kills key EPA regulatory pledges

A Democrat's demand for a recorded vote on EPA's waste nominee killed pledges to revise its science rule, advance the long-sought assessment of formaldehyde and list two PFAS as “hazardous substances.”

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Virginia Bid For Stricter Ash Rules May Be Model To Exceed EPA Mandates

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is pushing legislation to tighten the state's requirements for power plants that are closing down coal ash disposal sites in order to comply with EPA's rules for the waste, serving as a potential model for other states where environmentalists are calling for more-stringent disposal mandates than the federal rules.

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EPA maintains PFAS levels despite stricter ATSDR finding

EPA appears to be ignoring a draft risk assessment that recommended stricter cleanup levels.

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EPA's McIntosh pledges collaboration, transparency

Prior to his Senate confirmation, William McIntosh told senators he planned to improve the agency's policies for consulting with tribal governments.

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Indiana Site Drives Citizen Calls For IG Probe Into RCRA Cleanup Program

Citizen groups are urging EPA's Inspector General (IG) to investigate alleged weaknesses in the agency's Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action program, particularly gaps in its handling of vapor intrusion risks, arguing that their own review of failures at an Indiana waste site highlight a pattern of ineffective management.

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Rights Petition Dismissal Signals EPA's Lack Of Political Will, Critics Say

EPA's recent decision dismissing a discrimination complaint against Alabama's environment department sets a disturbing precedent that the agency's civil rights office lacks political will, and is allowing states to play hardball and get away with it, even though EPA found the state action in this case harmed the petitioners, critics say.

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