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Trump EO could spur brownfields development

The creation of a White House revitalization council to help encourage development in disadvantaged communities could prompt greater interest in redeveloping brownfields.

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Arguments in key bankruptcy case postponed until January

The case “reinforces the attention of both PRPs and agencies on bankruptcy risks and financial assurance," one industry attorney says.

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ECOS names Donald Welsh as executive director

The former EPA Region 3 administrator and Pennsylvania environment official will continue states' effort to bolster collaboration with federal regulators.

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EPA Seeks Remand Of Ash Rule Changes To Address Adverse Court Ruling

EPA is asking a federal appeals court to remand without vacatur its contested revisions to an Obama-era coal ash disposal rule so the agency can address the court's August ruling finding the original regulation to be unlawfully weak, warning that vacating the rule changes would create an “impossible” situation for regulated facilities.

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Appeal Of CWA Groundwater Liability Ruling Will Test Circuit Court 'Split'

Environmentalists are appealing a district court's rejection of their suit claiming the Clean Water Act (CWA) extends to liability for groundwater-borne pollution that reaches nearby surface waters, posing a new test on whether appellate courts are split on the liability -- a division at the center of a potential Supreme Court case.

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Court Slated To Hear Major Suit Highlighting Bankruptcy Risks At Cleanups

A federal bankruptcy court is slated to hear arguments Dec. 18 on whether corporate parents fraudulently transferred assets as a way to bankrupt subsidiaries and avoid environmental liability at hazardous waste sites in a high-profile case that is expected to highlight the risks that bankruptcy poses to major Superfund cleanups.

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Senate Democrats join calls for EPA to tighten coal ash rule

New releases of groundwater monitoring data from coal ash sites are driving fresh calls from Senate Democrats and environmental groups to tighten EPA and state-level regulation of the waste.

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Environmentalists Press States For SDWA Technology Standard For PFAS

New England environmentalists are quietly pressing states in the region to set enforceable “treatment technique” standards for drinking water utilities to address thousands of chemicals in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class, an interim step they hope will limit exposures as they await chemical-by-chemical health-based drinking water standards.

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Final EPA Rule Narrows Definition Of Pharmaceuticals Subject To RCRA

Over industry's strong objections, EPA's final hazardous waste pharmaceutical rule retains a proposed Obama-era definition that prescription pharmaceuticals sent from healthcare facilities to reverse distributors are regulated as solid waste, but the rule now excludes non-prescription medication sent to reverse logistics centers from the definition.

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Canadian Mine Plans Second High Court Suit Over CERCLA's Foreign Reach

Canadian mining company Teck Cominico Metals is signaling that it plans to petition the Supreme Court to review an appellate ruling requiring it pay cleanup response costs to Native American tribes in Washington state, marking the second time the company will ask the high court to weigh whether the Superfund law applies to trans-boundary releases.

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