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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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EPA publication of unlined coal ash site rule starts clock for lawsuits

Facilities that lack otherwise mandatory protective liners have until Nov. 30 to make their initial applications for permission to keep operating, but environmentalists have vowed to sue.

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Wisconsin health agency recommends groundwater standards for 18 PFAS

The recommendation echoes Massachusetts’ recent move to finalize a single drinking water standard for a group of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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States Push EPA For ‘Systemic Change’ To Fix Stressed Recycling System

States are telling EPA that “systemic change” is necessary to fix the overburdened U.S. recycling system, saying the agency should encourage substantial changes to the system in its national recycling strategy and goals.

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Major Industry Groups List Preferences For EPA National Recycling Goals

Major industry groups from the chemical, recycling and waste sectors, among others, are weighing in on EPA’s proposal to create national recycling goals for improving the country’s recycling system, signaling their preferences for metrics the agency should set to assess recycling performance, contamination rates and to boost markets.

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Environmental groups seek New Jersey probe of PFAS replacement

Environmental groups are pushing New Jersey regulators to investigate a replacement chemical for a legacy PFAS, reiterating fears of potential health risks from new substitute chemicals.

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Observers Fear Disruptions Amid Busy Post-Election Trump EPA Agenda

The Trump EPA’s agenda is expected to be crowded in the coming months as officials aim to lock in deregulatory approaches amid a possible transition to a Biden administration, with some observers also expressing concern that the president’s recent civil-service executive order could drive disruptive, late-hour personnel moves.

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Industries Fear Duplicative Regulation If Court Reverses CERCLA Ruling

Industry groups are urging a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling that exempted a steel mill from Superfund reporting mandates because it holds a Clean Air Act (CAA) permit -- even though its emissions have violated the permit -- arguing a reversal would increase companies’ regulatory burdens and risk duplicative regulation.

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Environmentalists drop suit over public hearings on EPA coal ash rule

Environmental groups withdrew their suit seeking additional public hearings for EPA’s now-final “Part A” coal ash rule but will raise similar claims as part of a broader case they plan to file.

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To Boost E-Manifest Numbers, EPA Develops Plan To Relax Requirements

In an effort to boost a dismal number of companies’ electronic submittals to EPA of hazardous waste manifests, the agency is developing a plan to relax certain requirements for generators and transporters when signing electronic manifests (e-Manifests) but is rejecting a specific streamlining method endorsed by an advisory board.

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