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EPA Officials Eye ‘Other Opportunities’ For Burn Test Of PFAS Surrogates

After a high-profile setback last month, EPA is continuing to search for an incineration facility to test destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) surrogates to determine the technology’s effectiveness in destroying the compounds, the agency’s PFAS research leader says, adding that officials would also like to expand testing to a range of different types of incinerators.

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PRPs ask 9th Circuit to reconsider CERCLA limitations ruling

The court rejected the potentially responsible parties’ view that “any settlement starts the clock so long as it relates in some way to the general category of costs at issue in the contribution action.”

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EPA sends final ‘science’ rule for OMB review

Once EPA finalizes the rule, the agency plans to write tailored versions for its program offices.

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EPA Seeks Farm Panel’s Input On Interagency Work To Reduce Waste

EPA is asking its reconstituted Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities advisory committee (FRRCC) on how to bolster interagency partnerships that can encourage water reuse, cut nutrient pollution and discourage food waste, as well as seeking input on the future if its pesticides program.

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Earthjustice Petitions EPA To Void Remediation Waiver In Air Toxic Rule

Earthjustice, representing Sierra Club and other environmental groups, is petitioning EPA to eliminate an exemption given to site remediation work conducted under federal waste law from the agency’s site remediation air toxics rule, saying requirements in the Clean Air Act and a 2020 appellate ruling justify scrapping the waiver.

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EPA Eyes Greater Use Of Remote Compliance Monitoring Post-Pandemic

EPA is eyeing the expansion of remote video tools for environmental compliance monitoring, signaling it plans to apply the tools that it is piloting in states now due to limits on in-person inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic even after the pandemic ends, according to EPA and state officials.

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New Hampshire court ends bar on state PFAS standards

A New Hampshire state court has lifted its ban on state enforcement of landmark drinking water and groundwater standards for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), following legislative action.

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Judges In Superfund Suit Question EPA Disclosure On Wetlands Findings

In a case challenging EPA’s listing of a New Jersey industrial site to Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL), a three-judge federal appeals court panel during Sept. 9 oral argument questioned whether EPA inadequately disclosed data on nearby wetlands to the point where it prejudiced the agency’s ultimate decision on the listing.

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U.S. Chamber, businesses back power company’s CWA permit claims

Two industry groups are urging a federal appeals court to back an electric power company’s arguments that a landmark Supreme Court Clean Water Act permitting test does not apply to an Illinois site.

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D.C. Circuit Poised To Hear Suit Challenging Precedential Superfund Listing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is set to hear oral argument Sept. 9 in a suit challenging an EPA Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) designation that the manufacturing industry fears could set a precedent triggering a boost in placing industrial facilities near waterbodies on the NPL.

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