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Appeals Court Limits PRPs’ Shield From CERCLA Contribution Actions

In a precedential ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has found limits to the liability shield a potentially responsible party (PRP) obtains under the Superfund law when settling cleanup recovery actions brought by states, saying other PRPs may still pursue cost-recovery at the same site if those costs relate to separate, federal claims.

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EPA sends ‘Part B’ coal ash rule for White House review

The move puts EPA one step closer to enacting a final version of its proposal to loosen its recently enacted ban on coal ash disposal sites that lack protective “composite” liners.

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District court upholds ruling requiring EPA update of oil spill rules

Judge William Orrick has rejected EPA’s request to reconsider a landmark decision finding the agency has a nondiscretionary duty under the Clean Water Act to update its oil spill rules to better regulate dispersants.

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Critics Fault Major Wheeler Speech For Sidestepping Climate Change

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is drawing criticism from environmentalists, a former top EPA official and others for mostly sidestepping the issue of climate change risks in his major speech on the agency’s 50th anniversary and his vision for its future, instead using climate to attack Democrats’ energy policies.

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District court denies New Mexico’s bid to force Air Force PFAS cleanup

Citing procedural concerns, a federal district court says it is necessary to deny the state’s motion in a massive multi-district case over contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Democrats question EPA authority for new hardrock mine cleanup office

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) want EPA to halt implementation of the office until House and Senate Appropriations committees can approve the reorganization.

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Former EPA Officials Urge Superfund Budget Hike To End Cleanup Backlog

Years of insufficient funding have harmed the Superfund program in several ways, including leading to a backlog of unfunded construction projects, say hundreds of former EPA officials and staff who are calling on the program to receive funding boosts and to start regulating emerging contaminants in recommendations advocating for an agency “reset."

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Air Emission Spikes, Cleanup Hazards Linger Following Hurricane Laura

As EPA and local authorities continue to assess the scope of damage from Hurricane Laura, environmentalists expect a long cleanup and recovery period that poses risks to human health and the environment as a result of air emissions spikes from shuttered industrial facilities restarting as well as hazards associated with cleanups.

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EPA names Hoskinson as new director to oversee RCRA program

Carolyn Hoskinson, who has long headed the EPA waste office’s underground storage tank program, will become director of the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery.

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EPA Opens New Office To Accelerate Western Hardrock Mining Cleanups

EPA has created a new Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains (OMDP) aimed at speeding the cleanup of former hardrock mining sites through closer oversight, promoting “Good Samaritan” remediation, serving as a technology transfer hub, and overseeing the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation.

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