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EPA’s Waterhouse Sees NEJAC Superfund Report Fitting Regan Priorities

Carlton Waterhouse, the top Biden political appointee in EPA’s waste office, is praising an upcoming report from the agency’s environmental justice (EJ) advisory panel that outlines steps for promoting equity in the Superfund cleanup program, saying many of the suggestions fit closely with EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s priorities.

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EPA decision will determine DOD’s PFAS disposal costs

The Defense Department (DOD) says its final per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) cleanup costs will depend on an EPA decision about which disposal methods are acceptable.

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Democrats Push Ambitious Plastics Waste Bill, Amid Industry Opposition

House and Senate Democrats are reintroducing an ambitious plastics waste bill that would put the burden on manufacturers to minimize or eliminate waste from their products’ entire life cycle, and they are hoping to gain bipartisan support even as industry groups oppose the measure, which failed to gain traction in the last Congress.

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Regan Opens Sweeping Review Of EPA Science Advisory Panels, Policies

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is ordering a wide-ranging review of agency science policies and advisory panels, with the goals of identifying barriers to using “the best available science” and of ensuring that the boards “include top-tier experts” with limits on members’ conflicts of interest.

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Expert Suggests Boosting Superfund Budget In Lieu Of Reinstating Tax

Environmentalists face major hurdles in their call for Congress to reinstate the Superfund law’s corporate taxes and should instead consider a bid for lawmakers to significantly boost the cleanup program’s appropriations, says a Superfund expert who argues that such a strategy would likely have better prospects than the tax push.

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Court allows fertilizer industry to intervene in radioactive byproduct case

The decision gives the industry the option to defend the Trump EPA’s decision to allow use of the byproduct in federal road construction in the event the Biden administration declines to do so.

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EPA Seeks Data On PFAS Industrial Sites To Support CWA Effluent Rule

EPA is seeking new data on facilities that manufacture or formulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a first step toward a future Clean Water Act (CWA) rule governing PFAS in facilities’ wastewater effluent, following through on a plan announced shortly before the end of the Trump administration.

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High court sets oral argument in Guam Superfund case

The Supreme Court has set oral argument for April 26 in a Superfund law case where Guam is seeking to overturn a key appellate court ruling on responsible parties’ ability to recoup cleanup costs from others.

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Feinstein urges EPA to prioritize lagging off-shore California cleanup

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is calling on EPA and the Commerce Department to prioritize the lagging cleanup of industrial waste off the California coast.

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Court Rejects New York’s Challenge To EPA Authority On Hudson Cleanup

A federal district court has rejected New York’s claim that EPA exceeded its legal authorities by granting General Electric (GE) a certificate of completion (COC) for cleanup of the Hudson River and a covenant not-to-sue, saying the Superfund law does not require EPA to label a cleanup as protective before it deems a remedial action to be complete.

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