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Environmentalists seek virus stimulus funds for mine cleanups

Whether funding for abandoned mine cleanup gains traction remains to be seen, though environmentalists note that western regions face a significant burden of cleaning up old mines and need dedicated funding.

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Watchdog seeks EPA data on climate impacts at Superfund sites

American Oversight, which has heavily investigated the Trump administration through FOIA litigation, says it seeks to “shed light on whether and to what extent EPA is preparing for climate change-related risks at Superfund sites.”

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DuPont CEO eyes settlements to ease PFAS liabilities

Edward Breen told a May 5 earnings call he expects to settle personal injury and corporate liability claims stemming from the company’s production of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Rep. Johnson demands EPA brief House science panel on ash rules

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), chairwoman of the House science committee, says EPA’s pending coal ash rules rest on “inadequate” environmental-justice analysis.

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Court sets arguments in EPA landfill methane appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has scheduled July 17 oral arguments in EPA’s appeal of a district court deadline to complete a federal plan for limiting landfill’s methane emissions.

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New Hampshire seeks to restore landmark PFAS rules

The Granite State is seeking to restore landmark rules setting strict drinking water and groundwater standards for four PFAS.

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Environmentalists Seek To Halt DOD’s PFAS Incineration, Study Alternatives

Environmental groups are gearing up to press Congress to require the Defense Department (DOD) to halt its continuing incineration of its stockpile of legacy firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as they are frustrated with DOD’s alleged flouting of legislative restrictions on incineration passed late last year.

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9th Circuit Weighs Allowing Cost Recovery For ‘Future’ Cleanup Costs

A federal appellate court is weighing whether to allow a potentially responsible party (PRP) to recoup from another PRP cleanup costs it paid through a settlement with EPA, but which have yet to be expended at the site -- with the court seeking a middle ground as it expressed reservations that barring such recovery could counter Superfund law incentives for settling early.

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Groups Ask Court To Force EPA Response To COVID Enforcement Petition

A coalition of environmental groups is seeking a swift federal district court order forcing EPA to respond to its petition for a rule disclosing which entities make use of the agency’s controversial enforcement discretion policy that allows lapses in required monitoring and reporting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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High Court Superfund Preemption Ruling May Aid Climate Nuisance Suits

Attorneys for state and local governments bringing climate change nuisance suits against oil companies argue the Supreme Court’s recent decision that federal Superfund law does not preempt state courts from overseeing cleanup claims brought under state common law bolsters their climate cases.

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