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EPA Floats Approval Of Texas Ash Rule But Defers Final Action To Biden

EPA is proposing to approve Texas’ application for delegated Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit authority over coal ash disposal but on a timetable that means final action will come in spring 2021 at the earliest, setting it up as an early test of how the Biden administration will handle Trump-era ash policies.

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As Vaccines Near, Data On PFAS’ Immune Effects Are ‘Urgent Issue’

Phillippe Grandjean, the Harvard University scientist who has been studying the adverse effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on those suffering from COVID-19, says that more data on the chemicals’ adverse immunological effects are urgently needed, especially as coronavirus vaccines begin to be administered.

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District Court Dismisses RCRA Citizen Suit Seeking Additional Site Cleanup

A federal district court has dismissed a Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suit filed by New Orleans residents aiming to require the city to bolster cleanup actions related to a city landfill beyond what has been prescribed under an EPA-sanctioned cleanup plan, with the court saying the suit has no merit under RCRA.

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OIG will evaluate COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Superfund cleanups

EPA’s Office of Inspector General plans to initiate an evaluation of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on Superfund cleanup activities.

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Industries Drop Suit Against EPA Over Hazardous Waste Generator Rule

Groups representing major industries have dropped their long-running suit against EPA over an Obama-era rule governing hazardous waste generators, even as companies continue to harbor concerns over potential penalties that could result if generators fail to comply with conditions for exemption from storage permitting requirements.

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Environmentalists file suit over ‘Part A’ coal ash rule

Nine environmental groups are suing over the rule that opened new avenues for ash sites to seek extensions of closure deadlines, although the incoming Biden administration could rework or withdraw it.

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10th Circuit sets argument in narrow Gold King mine spill appeal

The court will hear argument Jan. 20 on whether individual plaintiffs met the legal deadline to file suit over the 2015 Gold King wastewater spill.

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Experts Urge Biden To Tighten Policies On Climate-Driven Toxic Flooding

Environmental and legal experts are urging the incoming Biden administration to tighten regulatory measures and policies under federal environmental laws to better manage or prevent toxic flooding stemming from chemical plants after major storm events, amid evidence that global warming is intensifying these weather events.

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Environmentalists Eye Biden EPA Reversal Of CERCLA Assurance Policy

Environmentalists plan to press the incoming Biden administration to reverse an 11th hour Trump EPA final rule that opts against requiring three industries -- chemical manufacturing, the power industry and the petroleum sector -- to provide financial assurances under the Superfund law to cover any potential future cleanup costs linked to their facilities.

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D.C. Circuit urged to reject EPA landfill methane rule delay

A California-led coalition of states and the Environmental Defense Fund are urging an appellate court to scrap EPA’s 2019 rule extending a series of deadlines in Obama-era landfill methane standards.

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