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USS Lead Superfund Review May Test Biden EPA On Environmental Justice

The Biden EPA’s focus on environmental justice (EJ) as a cornerstone of the agency’s actions could face an early test with the first five-year review of a former lead smelter Superfund site in East Chicago, IN -- a site where advocates for years have urged a greater EPA focus on various sources of lead pollution affecting the local EJ community.

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Environmentalists challenge rule loosening coal ash ‘liner’ mandate

Three environmental groups are suing over the Trump-era rule that allows some ash disposal sites to keep operating even if they lack otherwise mandatory “composite” liners.

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Echoing Hearing, Regan Vows To Bolster EPA’s Science, Equity Focus

Michael Regan, President Joe Biden’s nominee for EPA administrator, is vowing in written responses to Senate environment committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) to protect agency scientists from political interference and to make environmental justice (EJ) a cornerstone of EPA actions, echoing commitments from his confirmation hearing.

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Novel Mine Cleanup Deal Faces Criticism Over Potential Liability Shield

Environmentalists are disputing a Superfund settlement reached in the last days of the Trump administration between EPA, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and a Canadian mining company, contending the voluntary cleanup the company is pledging to do to address abandoned mining waste might effectively void pending Clean Water Act (CWA) citizen suit claims against the company.

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Environmentalists Praise EPA Decision To Freeze Trump PFAS Proposal

Environmentalists are hailing EPA’s decision to freeze and review an 11th-hour proposal by the Trump EPA that dropped a prior commitment to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law and instead said the agency would weigh whether they should receive such a designation.

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Environmentalists press EPA for answers on radioactive byproduct plan

Environmentalists are seeking the release of EPA records related to the agency’s decision to allow the use of a radioactive fertilizer byproduct in federal road construction.

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Environmentalists urge funding efforts to stem plastic pollution

Environmental groups are urging the Biden administration and Congress to back in upcoming spending or other legislation 13 measures aimed at reducing plastic pollution.

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New Mexico Seeks To Move Air Force PFAS Suit From MDL To Trial Court

New Mexico is urging a federal appellate court to remove its suit against the Air Force over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination from a massive multi-district litigation (MDL) case and transfer it back to a federal trial court in New Mexico, opening the door for other states to seek similar actions.

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DOE reorganization shifts cleanup program to secretary’s office

The Biden administration has shifted the Department of Energy’s environmental management cleanup program from within the science office to now report directly to the energy secretary’s office.

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Fertilizer industry defends legal standing in radioactive byproduct case

The Fertilizer Institute is defending its legal right to intervene in environmentalists’ suit over EPA’s decision to allow the use of a radioactive byproduct from fertilizer production in federal road construction.

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