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Justices poised to weigh two Superfund cases

While the justices are expected to release an order on June 10 indicating their decisions, court review is far from certain.

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EPA Rule Exempts Farms From EPCRA Reporting, Teeing Up New Suit

EPA June 4 issued its final rule exempting animal feeding operations (AFOs) from air emissions reporting requirements under emergency response and community right-to-know law, a policy that will tee up fresh litigation from

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EPA Seeks Unusual Advice From SAB On Planned Risk Guide Update

EPA is seeking unusual advice from individual members of its Science Advisory Board (SAB), most of whom were appointed by the Trump administration, on how to revise the agency’s cancer and non-cancer risk assessment guidelines, asking a mixture of policy and scientific questions that appear to play to newer members’ de-regulatory interests.

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EPA floats draft CERCLA financial rule for power sector

.EPA could determine such requirements are unneeded -- as it did so when it reversed course for writing a similar rule for the hardrock mining industry.

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9th Circuit Tees Up RCRA Suit Over USFS Lead Bullet Disposal Liability

A federal appellate court is teeing up a potentially precedential lower court ruling on whether the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) can be held liable under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for contributing to the disposal of solid waste through spent lead ammunition used by hunters in a national forest in Arizona.

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Utility Regulators Split Over Charging Ratepayers For Coal Ash Cleanups

State utility regulators are split over whether to charge ratepayers for coal ash cleanups, with South Carolina’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) issuing a rare ruling that finds ratepayers not responsible while North Carolina’s PUC is forcing customers to pay for a power company’s cleanup costs except for mismanagement penalties.

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Top Energy Department environment official expected to depart

Anne White reportedly clashed with a more-senior department official over nuclear waste at the depatment’s Portsmouth, OH, facility, which contaminated a nearby school.

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EPA’s infrastructure disaster funds delayed

Opposition from a lone GOP lawmaker is delaying House passage of a disaster relief bill that includes more than $420 million for EPA.

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Revised EPA Agenda Sees Deadlines Slip For Major Obama Rule Rollbacks

EPA in its just-updated Unified Agenda of pending regulations is acknowledging that its deadlines have slipped considerably for many high-profile rollbacks of Obama-era rules, including climate standards for power plants and vehicles, as well as the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard.

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Senators Tout Bipartisanship On PFAS But Barrasso Seeks To Narrow Bills

Environment committee senators are pledging to take a bipartisan approach that includes environmentalists and industry as they seek to address polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is indicating that while the bills under review enjoy bipartisan support, they will have to be narrowed to win his approval.

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