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Environmentalists oppose stay of EPA lead dust hazard rule case

Environmentalists are opposing the Biden administration’s request to stay for 60 days litigation challenging EPA’s 2019 lead dust hazard standards, saying further delay poses health risks for children.

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Environmentalists Warn PFAS Might Lessen COVID-19 Vaccine’s Efficacy

Environmental researchers are warning that exposures to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) could potentially reduce the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine, with one analyst saying that even though data on such a link is limited it suggests a need to prioritize vaccine rollout in communities with higher PFAS exposures.

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Sustainable business group urges ratification of Basel waste measure

A sustainable business group is calling on its California members to urge the Biden administration to support U.S. ratification of the Basel Convention, in order to strengthen plastic waste management regulation.

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EPA Faces Competing Calls On Stringency On ‘Legacy’ Coal Ash Rule

Environmentalists are urging EPA to quickly craft new standards for “legacy” ash disposal sites setting strict requirements for monitoring, financial assurance and disaster prevention, while industry groups are pressing the agency to first build a new rulemaking record and then tailor any rule to the specific conditions it finds.

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EPA Faces Competing Calls On Stringency Of ‘Legacy’ Coal Ash Rule

Environmentalists are urging EPA to quickly craft new standards for “legacy” ash disposal sites setting strict requirements for monitoring, financial assurance and disaster prevention, while industry groups are pressing the agency to first build a new rulemaking record and then tailor any rule to the specific conditions it finds.

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House Democrats push EPA to tighten Trump-era coal ash proposal

A group of 38 lawmakers is urging the Biden EPA to rework a Trump-era proposal on coal ash reuse as a vehicle for more-stringent limits on the waste’s use as a fill material.

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Trump EPA Waste Chief Urges Review Of RCRA, CERCLA To Manage PFAS

Trump EPA waste office chief Peter Wright says the agency should review the potential for a “holistic” approach to managing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with a possible Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste designation or Superfund hazardous substance listing for two of the chemicals.

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1st Circuit Upholds Superfund Site Settlement, Rejects ‘Arbitrary’ Label

A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by third parties to invalidate a settlement between the federal government and two companies at a Rhode Island Superfund site, rejecting their claim that the pact was a rubber stamp of an earlier EPA order that a lower court’s landmark ruling partially rejected as “arbitrary and capricious.”

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Early Data Show Promise For PFAS Destruction, But Byproducts Unclear

Preliminary data from a fast-tracked EPA research project examining four innovative destruction technologies as well as incineration for treating persistent chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) all showed promise in destroying the initial compounds, but it is unclear what potential byproducts the methods created.

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Capito Urges Quick EPA Release Of Determination For PFAS SDWA Rule

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the top Republican on the environment committee, is urging the White House to release from review the Trump EPA’s final regulatory determination to begin the process to regulate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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