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Industry Fears 'Patchwork Quilt' For EPA Pharmaceutical Rule Implementation

Some states will opt to retain their existing requirements for waste pharmaceuticals that are broader or more stringent than the approach EPA took in its recently finalized rule it finalized late last year, an industry attorney says, making it more challenging for large health sector companies that do business in multiple states.

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Democrats Launch Broad Inter-Agency Inquiry Into EPA's PFAS Policies

House and Senate Democrats are launching a broad investigation into the role EPA and other agencies played in development of its policies to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), renewing concerns that the Defense Department (DOD) and other officials may have blocked strict regulatory plans.

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DOE Cleanups Face Stepped-Up Hill Scrutiny In Wake Of GAO Findings

The Energy Department's (DOE) nuclear waste cleanup program -- which at nearly $400 billion holds the federal government's single largest environmental liability -- is facing stepped-up scrutiny from Capitol Hill after a series of reports from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raised concerns about how the department runs the program.

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Environmentalists cite ash site risks in push for disposal rule reform

A new report sets out a plan that environmentalists say would strengthen the 2015 coal ash disposal rule, but they add that Democratic states rather than EPA are their best hope to implement it.

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NAS Urges DOE Backing For Breakthrough Technologies To Speed Cleanups

A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel is calling on the Energy Department (DOE) to boost its support for developing breakthrough technologies that could significantly speed the cleanup of its nuclear waste sites, where remediation work currently is estimated to take decades and cost hundreds of billions of dollars to complete.

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EPA touts FY18 Superfund achievements

Among other things, EPA says it “deleted all or part of 22 sites from the NPL, the largest number of deletions in one year since 2005.”

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New Mexico Court Push May Limit Impact Of Key Suit On State PFAS Powers

New Mexico officials are seeking to steer Defense Department litigation challenging their permit restrictions on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to state court, a move that if successful could limit any precedent the litigation may set on federal officials' ability to challenge such state actions.

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District Judge Finds EPA Liability Under Superfund For Gold King Mine Spill

A federal district has ruled that EPA faces liability under the Superfund law for its accidental massive wastewater spill from the Gold King Mine cleanup in 2015, backing state and private plaintiffs’ claims that federal cleanup projects like the mine can be subject to the statute’s application to waste “operators,” “arrangers,” and “transporters.”

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EPA Urges IRS To Align Tax Law Incentives With Brownfields Definition

EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) is urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to align definitions in a proposed rule to implement investment incentives in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with those in the brownfields program in order to spur redevelopment of former industrial sites.

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Superfund watchdog group expected to shutter

CPEO has mainly relied on funding from EPA and the Defense Department (DOD) but those funds ran out last year, “and there is no immediate prospect for new funding.”

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