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Finding EPA Plan Disappointing, States Plow Ahead On Strict PFAS Limits

State officials say that EPA's recently unveiled action plan to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is disappointing and too slow, and are plowing ahead with developing their own strict standards to address heightened public concerns over the spread of chemicals in drinking water systems.

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Clock starts for suits on pharmaceutical waste rule

Under RCRA, parties have 90 days from the date of a rule's promulgation to file petitions for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Judge allows environmental bankruptcy case to proceed

The ruling appears to reinforce a landmark decision in another case in which a bankruptcy judge found Kerr McGee had fraudulently conveyed assets to a new parent company, Tronox, to evade its environmental liabilities.

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EPA Argues States Lack Standing To Challenge Landfill Methane Rule Delay

EPA is arguing that California and other states lack standing to sue over its delay in implementing an Obama-era landfill methane rule and thus their suit must be dismissed, disputing that the states in the case are entitled to the “special solicitude” the Supreme Court granted states on climate change in its landmark Massachusetts v. EPA decision.

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Critics Warn DOE Plan To Redefine Nuclear Waste Could Undercut Cleanups

States, environmentalists and other critics say that the Energy Department's (DOE) plan to revise its definition of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) is unlawful and would allow the department to bypass cleanup mandates at major contaminated sites, though local officials are welcoming the plan, saying it will lower disposal costs and speed cleanups.

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Industry Suit Tests EPA Rule Allowing NPL Site Listing For Vapor Intrusion

An auto parts company is challenging EPA's decision to add a Mississippi waste site to the Superfund list based on a vapor intrusion pathway, a case that could pose a first test for the agency's 2017 rule that allowed regulators to list hazardous waste sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) solely due to the presence of such a pathway.

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Virginia approves stringent coal ash site closure legislation

The nearly unanimous passage of a bill requiring ash impoundments to excavate their stored waste as part of the closure process could boost environmentalists’ push for similar mandates across the country.

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EPA Hedges On Regulatory Determination For PFAS, Sparking Criticisms

EPA officials are promising to propose a threshold determination on whether to set drinking water standards for two of the most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) but are leaving the door open to the possibility that they may choose not to regulate the chemicals, an approach that is sparking widespread criticism.

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As Pressure Mounts, EPA Expected To Continue Weighing MCLs For PFAS

EPA is set to announce that it will continue to weigh whether to set an enforceable drinking water standard for two per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a step that will likely address widespread concerns that the agency had decided not to proceed with such an approach though any final determination is likely still months or years away.

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EPA, Environmentalists At Odds Over Ruling Tightening Ash Disposal Rule

EPA and environmentalists are pushing competing interpretations of the appellate order that scrapped key exemptions in the Obama-era coal ash disposal rule for being too weak, as both sides seek a new decision from the court on whether it meant to order the immediate closure of disposal sites that cannot meet the rule without the waivers.

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