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EPA proposes approval of California universal waste rule changes

Once finalized, EP’s approval will allow the state to seek to adopt first-time, streamlined disposal regulations for photovoltaic solar panels that could serve as a national model.

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States Float Fixes For EPA’s Coal Ash Reuse Rule To Aid Implementation

Several state environment agencies are urging EPA to tighten its proposed changes to the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rule governing reuse of coal ash, arguing that the new policy needs to be more stringent, more specific, or both in order to aid implementation.

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EPA updates PCBs incineration guidance

The new guidance aims to reduce the number of incomplete applications to treat and dispose of polychlorinated biphenyls and the time EPA spends approving them.

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Hazardous waste industry challenges EPA’s e-Manifest fees

In a new suit, the industry argues EPA failed to follow proper advisory and public procedures and used erroneous assumptions to calculate new user fees for hazardous waste manifests.

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Landowners Fight ARCO’s High Court Bid For Expansive Read Of CERCLA

Residential property owners in Montana are asking the Supreme Court to dismiss a suit seeking to overturn a Montana high court ruling that found the Superfund law’s bar on judicial review of ongoing cleanup remedies does not extend to state damages claims, arguing the high court lacks jurisdiction and should reject attempts to rewrite and expand the law.

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IRIS Launches Mercury Salts Analyses At EPA Superfund Office’s Request

EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program is launching an effort to analyze three inorganic mercury salts at the request of the agency’s Superfund office, which could potentially use the eventual results to make risk determinations on short- and long-term remedial cleanup actions at sites contaminated with the substances.

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Wheeler announces new SAB members

The three new members who are employed by a federal laboratory, a state environmental agency and an environmental group mark a shift from the Trump administration’s earlier focus on industry representation.

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EAB Petition Tests EPA’s Power To Include OSHA Mandates In Permit Terms

A hazardous waste facility is urging EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) to scrap an agency-crafted Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) permit that includes Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) worker safety requirements, arguing that EPA cannot force permittees to follow OSHA rules in RCRA permits.

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DOD IG opens probe into military’s PFAS use

The Pentagon’s Inspector General (IG) is launching a limited “evaluation” into the Defense Department’s (DOD) use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military sites.

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Coming Months Pose Test Of Trump EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Agenda

The next several months will reveal how much the Trump administration is prioritizing criminal environmental enforcement as the first cases started under this administration come to fruition, and will also see electronic compliance reporting continuing to increase, says a top EPA criminal enforcement official from the Obama administration.

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