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Waste Industry Fears Spike In EPA’s Manifest Fees Will Hurt Businesses

A hazardous waste treatment and disposal industry group is expressing surprise and concern over EPA’s recent announcement that it will sharply raise user fees for hazardous waste manifests beginning in October, warning the action will hurt the business by hiking its costs.

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EPW Democrats query Wheeler on order to slash advisory panels

Democratic senators on the environment committee are asking the EPA administrator to explain how the agency plans to implement an executive order to eliminate one-third of federal advisory committees.

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Trump-Appointed Advisers Back EPA Bid To Ease Strict Cancer Risk Method

Trump administration appointees to EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) are bolstering agency efforts to scale back use of a conservative risk assessment method that assumes no safe level of exposure to certain carcinogens, clearing the way for a less-strict approach that could help justify eased rules for industrial chemicals and nuclear radiation.

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Democratic AGs Urge Congress To Act On PFAS But Omit Key Proposals

Nearly two dozen Democratic attorneys general (AGs) are urging Congress to approve a series of plans to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in pending House and Senate defense bills, but the officials omitted calls for lawmakers to approve several contested measures, including plans to require EPA to craft water rules, highlighting the difficulty they face as they seek to resolve their differences.

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EPA Backs Industry Call To Revise Coal Ash Rule’s Approach To Waste Reuse

EPA is proposing to rework how its Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash rule handles reuse of the waste, backing industry requests to scrap the current numeric approach and imposing instead a mandate to “control releases” that environmentalists say amounts to an exemption from regulation for structural fills and other activites.

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Following Criticism, New Pentagon Chief Seeks To Reset PFAS Response

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s creation of a high-level task force to take a “proactive stance” on per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination signals the Pentagon’s new chief is seeking to take control of an issue for which DOD has drawn strong criticisms for months and prompted Congress to advance legislation to address it.

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House members seek EPA report on cleanup of 520 uranium mines

The lawmakers are asking EPA to respond by Aug. 12 to their questions on the progress being made at remediating hundreds of abandoned mines on land in the western United States.

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EPA Pledges ‘Partnerships’ With GOP-Aligned Environmental Group

EPA’s newly inked agreement with the conservative American Conservation Coalition (ACC) is an unusual if not unique move to set up a working relationship with a political advocacy group that touts itself as an alternative to environmentalists that “have disenfranchised those who are right-of-center,” though EPA is downplaying the agreement as nonbinding.

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Democrat Hints At Industry’s Criminal Liability On PFAS But Seeks Cleanup

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA), chairman of the House oversight environment panel, is suggesting that manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may be criminally liable for intentionally hiding toxicity findings of their chemicals while continuing to produce products with them and discharge the substances.

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EPA hikes waste manifest fees in FY20 after overestimating users

The agency says the increase is due to an overestimation of the number manifests it expected to process in FY19 and the lack of a revenue stream in the initial year of the electronic-manifest system’s launch.

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