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State Waste Officials Back Superfund Law Class Designation For PFAS

State waste regulators say the lack of federal regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hindering their efforts to clean up the chemicals, and they are calling for EPA to designate the entire class of thousands of PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, which would impose cleanup liability on parties at waste sites.

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EPA reopens comment period on coal ash reuse notice

EPA is opening a new 60-day comment period for the public to respond to new information it obtained since a federal court in 2018 remanded certain provisions of its coal ash disposal rule.

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Critics Of Trump DOE Nuclear Waste Rule Urge Granholm To Scrap Policy

Washington state, environmentalists and others are urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to rescind a Trump-era interpretive rule that eases waste disposal options for certain high-level radioactive waste (HLW), arguing the action should be part of the Biden administration’s review of the past administration’s policies.

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Fearing Cleanup Burden, States Back Guam In High Court Superfund Case

A group of 24 states is backing Guam’s legal bid for the Supreme Court to overturn a key ruling on responsible parties’ ability to recoup Superfund cleanup costs from others, with the states warning that the decision would allow the U.S. government “to dodge liability” and put a heavier burden on states to pay for cleanup costs.

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New York Plans PFOA Air Limits But Environmentalists Resist Incineration

New York is moving to impose emissions limits on perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the oldest known chemical among thousands of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that would apply when companies incinerate the substances to destroy them, but environmentalists oppose incineration and say the limits should be much stricter.

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Environmentalists, Chemical Sector Spar Over EPA PFAS Disposal Policy

Environmentalists and the chemical sector are sparring over whether EPA should endorse interim storage for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as part of its interim guidance on PFAS disposal, with environmentalists warning of major data gaps about disposal but industry claiming that “safe and effective” disposal methods exist.

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EPA clarifies status of potential Michigan site listing on NPL

The agency has clarified to local officials and the public that it is unlikely to list a 1,4-dioxane site spreading contamination in groundwater in Ann Arbor, MI, unless the state requests such a listing.

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Citing pandemic, OIG scraps audit of EPA radiological response office

The agency’s Office of Inspector General says it intends to resume its audit of EPA’s emergency response to radiological incidents once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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EPA seeks further court delay in radioactive byproduct case

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to further delay briefing in litigation brought by environmentalists over the Trump-era approval of reuse of a radioactive fertilizer byproduct in federal road construction.

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EPA’s Fox Eyes Partnerships To Tackle Water Infrastructure Challenges

Acting EPA water chief Radhika Fox sees stronger partnerships with state and local governments as an important step in tackling major challenges to improve the nation’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and is highlighting a new infrastructure report card from civil engineers as a guide to future policy discussions.

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