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Biden EPA Could Use Enforcement, Guidance To Reverse Coal Ash Policy

The incoming Biden administration is likely to pursue stricter regulation of coal ash following a series of Trump EPA rules that environmentalists say unlawfully weakened Obama-era disposal standards, but observers say the policy shift could occur through enforcement and guidance instead of time-consuming regulatory changes.

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Nuclear Watchdogs Urge Congress To Address Equity In Waste Legislation

Nuclear watchdog groups are urging lawmakers to address environmental justice (EJ) in future legislation on how to handle nuclear waste, a push that could potentially get a boost from the incoming Biden administration because of President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign vow to elevate the role of EJ in environmental decision-making.

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Cleanup contractor sues EPA, Navy over investigation redo at shipyard

The suit claims EPA and the Navy violated federal administrative law and the Superfund law when they ordered a redo of the investigation and remediation of radionuclides in soil for part of a former Navy shipyard.

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EPA Sets 50 Percent Recycling Target Despite Lack Of Regulatory Power

EPA is setting an economy-wide goal of recycling 50 percent of waste material including plastic, paper and metal by 2030 -- an aggressive target that the agency will rely on voluntary programs and guidance to achieve given its lack of statutory power to regulate recycling or to require the use of recycled materials in manufacturing.

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Environmentalists Back Biden’s PFAS Plan But Seek To Speed Strict Limits

Environmentalists will press the incoming Biden administration to implement its campaign pledges to regulate and study risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) but they are also planning to urge officials to quickly adopt strict standards, including with the use of novel emergency power to quickly set drinking water limits.

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Dingell Outlines Democrats’ Plans To Speed PFAS Legislation, Regulation

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) says Democrats have three core actions they will pursue to speed legislation and regulation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including reintroducing a sweeping PFAS bill, urging the Biden administration to issue PFAS mitigation policies, and educating the public on the chemicals’ risks.

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D.C. Circuit Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Superfund NPL Site Listing

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by industry seeking to derail EPA’s listing of a New Jersey industrial site to Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL), with the responsible party failing to convince the court that the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it scored the site for listing.

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New Jersey PFAS lawsuits add to growing NRD claims against companies

The litigation adds to the state’s growing lawsuits against businesses to require cleanups and recover natural resource damages, particularly over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination.

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GOP-Led Senate May Complicate Biden’s Choice For EPA Administrator

The chances that Republicans will retain control of the Senate next year may complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for EPA administrator, especially given concerns from some that the most-discussed potential nominee, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairwoman Mary Nichols, could face difficulties winning confirmation.

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Democrats Crafting Plans To Enact PFAS Legislation Next Year, Dingell Says

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the lead sponsor of legislation to require EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), expects the House will prioritize passage of comprehensive PFAS legislation in the upcoming Congress, mirroring efforts from earlier this year, with high-ranking Democrats in both chambers already strategizing on plans.

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