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EPA Downplays Importance Of Certifying Hudson Cleanup, Hints At Reopeners

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is declining to reveal to senators whether the agency will certify the Hudson River cleanup as complete despite continued calls from stakeholders for more remediation, although Wheeler is underscoring such a declaration would have a limited purview and says reopening the cleanup to add requirements is within EPA's authorities.

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PFAS Superfund Listing Would Trigger Liability, But No National Standard

Legal experts say if EPA follows through on an expected plan to list two commonly found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, it would trigger Superfund liability for releases of the chemicals and likely aid plaintiffs' PFAS tort cases, but it would also still leave communities without a national, uniform cleanup standard.

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Air Force Disputes Michigan Violation Notice For PFAS At Wurtsmith Base

The Air Force is disputing Michigan's allegation the military violated a state water quality standard for a perfluorinated compound at a former military base, in part contending the state lacks jurisdiction because the substance at issue is not a “hazardous substance” under the federal Superfund law.

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Ohio joins New York in seeking break from PFAS litigation

Both Ohio and New York say their litigation against the manufacturers of perfluorinated chemicals used in fire-fighting foam should be separated from consolidated multidistrict litigation.

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EPA Eyes End To NSR Compliance Priority, Adding Water And Lead Goals

EPA is proposing new compliance initiatives (NCIs) for fiscal years 2020-2023 that include eliminating the agency’s priority on enforcing the Clean Air Act new source review (NSR) permit program, while adding new priorities on noncompliance with drinking water standards and reducing children’s exposures to lead.

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Wheeler Allows Re-Appointments For SAB But Taps Controversial New Picks

Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler is allowing Obama-era appointees to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) to serve a second term, a change from his predecessor's policy that limited such re-appointments, though Wheeler is continuing to bar scientists who receive agency grants from serving and also named some controversial new SAB picks.

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Recycling sector touts GHG benefits of reused plastics

The Association of Plastic Recyclers study comes as a pair of new policies from China have significantly hampered local recycling programs in recent months.

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Proposed Settlement Would End Years-Long Fox River CERCLA Litigation

The Justice Department (DOJ) has reached a proposed settlement with the two remaining potentially responsible parties (PRPs) at the massive Lower Fox River and Green Bay Superfund site, moving toward ending years-long litigation among PRPs and the government over a sediment cleanup expected to exceed $1 billion in costs.

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Environmentalists Seek To Block DOD's PFAS Disposal Ahead Of EPA Listing

Environmentalists are seeking to block military efforts to dispose of material containing perfluorinated compounds before EPA advances a plan to regulate the compounds under Superfund law, calling for a halt in the incineration of firefighting foam containing the chemicals and successfully objecting to disposal of contaminated soil in a New Jersey landfill.

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EPA, Environmentalists Spar Over Path Forward For Ash Rule Revisions

Environmentalists and EPA are making competing arguments for an appellate court's path forward on revisions to Obama-era coal ash disposal standards the agency has pledged to reconsider, with the challengers now suggesting the court could scrap the new rule but stay that mandate to avoid making regulatory compliance “impossible.”

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