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6th Circuit Urged To Reverse Decision Rejecting CWA Groundwater Liability

Environmentalists are asking the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to reverse a panel's decision that rejected Clean Water Act (CWA) liability for pollution that travels through groundwater to protected surface waters, saying that ruling conflicts with the court's landmark decision requiring CWA permits for pesticide sprayers.

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Lawsuit Over EPA's Ash Rule Overhaul Aims To Halt Regulatory Rollback

Environmentalists are suing to overturn EPA's first step in a planned series of rollbacks to the Obama-era Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash disposal rule, citing a recent appellate ruling that said the 2015 rule is unlawfully weak as they aim to halt the Trump administration's attempt to further soften the regulation.

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Trump officials renew Obama-era food waste reduction goals

Officials signed an agreement renewing the prior administration's goal to reduce food waste -- the largest category of municipal solid waste -- by 50 percent from 2010 levels by 2030.

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CLF seeks to add new claim to Shell climate suit

The Conservation Law Foundation is seeking to add an additional waste law claim to its novel suit aiming to force Shell Oil to account for the impacts of climate change at a Rhode Island facility.

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Updated EPA Agenda Targets March For Finalizing Obama Rule Rollbacks

EPA's just-updated Unified Agenda of pending regulations is targeting March for finalizing a host of controversial rollbacks of Obama-era regulations, including greenhouse gas standards for power plants and vehicles as well as the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) standard -- decisions that will face lawsuits as soon as they are issued.

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Environmentalists Pressure EPA On Ash Rule Changes In Lieu Of Lawsuits

Environmentalists plan to pressure EPA to revise and tighten its coal ash rule in line with a federal appeals court mandate issued Oct. 15 that formally vacates portions of the Obama-era regulation, in lieu of pursuing waste law enforcement actions against utilities that they claim are now violating the law as a result of the mandate.

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EPA Criticizes Navy's Lack Of Transparency In Hunters Point CERCLA Review

EPA Region 9 is criticizing the Navy's management of re-sampling and cleanup work at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco, CA, saying the Navy fails in a review of the high-profile cleanup to be upfront about the falsified radiological data sampling that a cleanup contractor was found to have done throughout the site.

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4th Circuit Lets Stand CWA Coal Ash Ruling, Bolstering Industry Defenses

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is letting stand a panel decision that says leaking coal ash disposal sites are not “point sources” subject to Clean Water Act (CWA) liability, rejecting environmentalists' claim that the precedential ruling undercuts limits on other facilities and bolstering industry in many pending district-level CWA suits.

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EPA Stresses Adhering To Timelines In Federal Facility Cleanup Disputes

EPA's enforcement and acting waste office chiefs have issued guidance to regional staff reinforcing the importance of adhering to established timelines for disputes with federal facilities over cleanups, responding to Superfund reforms that EPA leadership adopted last year to speed cleanups and ensure disputes between federal parties do not slow work.

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EPA touts record Superfund NPL deletions in fiscal year 2018

The agency is hailing the removal of 18 full sites and four partial sites from the National Priorities List, a significant boost over the three deletions in fiscal year 2016.

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