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Senate Confirms Two EPA Nominees, But Waste Office Pick Stalls

The Senate unanimously confirmed President Donald Trump's nominees to lead EPA's toxics and international offices in the final hours of the 115th Congress, but his nominee to lead EPA's waste office remains stalled after Democrats reportedly sought a recorded vote.

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RCRA suit over manure spreading could revive waiver battle

An Iowa property owner is reviving a dormant fight over whether the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act limits excessive land application of manure as fertilizer.

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Court Lets Suit Over EPA Landfill Methane Rule Implementation Advance

A federal district judge is allowing a state coalition to continue its suit against EPA's efforts to delay implementation of an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions from landfills, rejecting the agency's effort to dismiss and stay the case even as it moves to rewrite the regulation to extend compliance deadlines.

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States Take Steps To Adopt Stricter PFAS Levels Than EPA Advisories

Expert panels in Michigan and New York -- two states that are grappling with contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- say that EPA's health advisory levels for the contaminants in drinking water are not adequately protective, opening the door for regulators to adopt stricter standards than EPA's.

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Navy IG Pursuing Limited Investigation Of Shipyard Cleanup Contractor

At the request of House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Naval Inspector General (IG) is pursuing a limited investigation into the Navy's oversight of cleanup and testing work done by a contractor at a former California Navy shipyard, following criminal convictions of two supervisors who falsified radioactive soil sampling data there, according to documents obtained by Inside EPA.

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Retail Industry Gives Mixed Reaction To EPA Pharmaceutical Waste Rule

The retail industry is providing a mixed reaction to EPA's newly released pharmaceutical waste rule, welcoming the agency's decision that most items handled in a reverse logistics system are not solid waste, but opposing the final rule's declaration that prescription drugs sent to reverse distribution centers are solid waste.

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Democrats Query EPA Over TSCA Asbestos Assessment, Regulation Plans

As EPA prepares to release its draft assessment of asbestos under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), congressional Democrats, who are seeking to ban the substance, are querying the agency's plans to assess and regulate asbestos risks in the wake of media reports detailing the presence of asbestos in talcum powder.

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Grassroots Group Eyes Push To Revive Superfund's 'Polluter Pays' Taxes

A national grassroots citizens coalition is planning once again to push for reinstating long-expired Superfund 'polluter pays' taxes, seeking to press the Democratic-controlled House into action, but one industry source doubts such a measure will secure widespread backing.

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New York Again Threatens Suit If EPA Approves GE's Hudson Cleanup

Top New York officials are urging EPA to require General Electric (GE) to continue cleaning up the Hudson River and threatening to sue the agency if it approves the cleanup conducted so far as complete after the state released a study showing the remediation the company has conducted failed to limit adverse effects of the contamination.

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Court Urged To Quickly Scrap EPA Extension Of Ash Site Closure Delays

Environmentalists are asking a federal appeals court to quickly scrap EPA's delay of facility closure deadlines in the Obama-era waste disposal rule for coal ash sites, claiming the court's prior ruling that the overall disposal rule is unlawfully weak shows the delay is illegal and countering EPA's bid to have nine months to reconsider the policy.

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