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EPA May Face Suit Over ‘Legacy’ Ash Plan For ‘Bold Defiance’ Of Rulings

EPA is planning yet another revision to Obama-era coal ash rules that will address “legacy” disposal sites after excluding the issue from its most recent proposed regulatory changes, but an environmental attorney says the delay could revive legal battles on many aspects of the standards because EPA’s plan signals its “bold defiance” of court orders.

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Democrats blast EPA’s plan to craft PFAS standards

The lawmakers say EPA’s plan does not address enough chemicals and it will take years before final standards are approved.

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EPA, waste industry pursuing settlement talks in e-Manifest fees case

The hazardous waste treatment industry and EPA are attempting settlement talks in a suit over the agency’s increase in the user fees it charges under the federal hazardous waste electronic manifest system.

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In Rare Step, EPA Proposes To Craft SDWA Limits For PFOA, PFOS

Under pressure from lawmakers, states and others, EPA is proposing to develop drinking water limits for two of the most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), only the second time the agency has found pollutants meet the Safe Drinking Water Act’s (SDWA) criteria for setting such standards since the law was revised in 1996.

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EPA Sees Drop In Cleanup Completions Amid Uncertainty On Slowdowns

New EPA data showing its Superfund site “construction completions” were the lowest in decades, on top of its recent report showing the largest backlog of sites awaiting construction starts, is again raising questions about the adequacy of the program’s funding while highlighting the absence of broader data on why the slowdown is occurring.

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Environmentalists sue DOD over PFAS incineration

The suit filed by several groups charge existing defense incineration contracts violation federal environmental and defense law.

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EPA Ash Rule Softens Liner Mandate But Does Not Address ‘Legacy’ Sites

EPA is proposing to allow operators of coal ash disposal facilities that lack protective “composite” liners to keep operating if they can demonstrate that there is still “no reasonable probability” of significant groundwater contamination, softening a blanket ban on unlined waste sites that it proposed in late 2019 under an appellate court order.

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OIG expands inquiry into EPA civil rights compliance

The Office of Inspector General had previously been investigating EPA’s oversight of groups that received Clean Air Act funding, but it will now look into groups that receive any agency funds.

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After two-month delay, EPA publishes ash permitting proposal

The agency’s two-month delay in publishing the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act permit proposal also means a planned public hearing on the rule is delayed until April.

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EPA Tells 9th Circuit Delay Rule Should Block Court’s Landfill Plan Order

EPA in a new court filing argues that its regulatory change to Obama-era landfill methane standards -- punting compliance deadlines for years -- is essentially the same as a new statute passed by Congress in forcing a lower court to amend a final judgment requiring the agency to complete a federal plan for the rules.

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