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States file ‘protective’ challenge to EPA’s COVID enforcement policy

States are anticipating that EPA will seek to dismiss their district court suit and argue that it belongs in the D.C. Circuit.

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House members bolster push for NDAA PFAS measures

In a May 26 letter, 116 House members urge the House Armed Services Committee to include comprehensive per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the annual defense authorization bill.

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Amid Pandemic, EPA Eases Waste Manifest Signature Requirements

EPA has relaxed hazardous waste manifest signature requirements on paper forms to aid waste handlers in maintaining social distancing measures during the COVID-19 public health emergency, a move that could aid EPA efforts to boost the number of generators and transporters moving to the electronic manifest (e-Manifest) system.

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High Court rejects review of Superfund cost-recovery case

The decision lets stand an appellate ruling that found a Superfund cost-recovery suit brought by one liable party against another was not time-barred by the statute of limitations on remedial actions.

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IPI finds EPA COVID enforcement policy troubling but not sweeping

The Institute for Policy Integrity finds that EPA’s controversial enforcement “discretion” policy during the coronavirus is potentially troubling but also has important limits.

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Senate Democrats Press Wheeler For PFAS Cleanup Plans At 180 Sites

Senate Democrats are pressing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to provide details on cleanup plans and contamination levels at the 180 Superfund sites the agency says are contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as well as pushing for clarity on the agency’s cleanup authorities for these chemicals.

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DOD fights suit seeking to block PFAS incineration

DOD says the suit must be transferred to a judicial district where incineration is occurring and some claims must be dropped because the defense law at issue does not apply retroactively to existing contracts.

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California Eyes Plan To Adopt Stricter Vapor Intrusion Policies Than EPA

California regulators are advancing a controversial draft guidance for screening and evaluating vapor intrusion as part of property assessment and cleanup, a measure that seeks to impose stricter requirements than EPA and other states have adopted to address the harmful exposure pathway, increasing potential liability for developers.

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EPA agrees to bolster scientific integrity policies after IG findings

EPA completed two of the corrective actions the IG recommended and has indicated it will complete the remaining 10 corrective actions by June 2022.

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Extreme flooding in Michigan could spread Superfund contamination

“Contaminated sediments on the river floor could be stirred up by the floodwaters, spreading pollution downstream and over the riverbanks,” one local expert told the New York Times.

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