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EPA urges court to proceed with suit over state coal ash rule reviews

In a new filing, EPA said environmentalists’ challenge to its approvals of state coal ash disposal permit rules should go forward even after a lower court partly remanded one of those rules to the agency.

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Nuclear Energy Industry Raises Broad Concerns Over NRC Waste Plan

The nuclear energy industry is raising broad legal, policy and procedural concerns over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) proposal to relax disposal requirements for some radioactive waste, adding to obstacles the NRC could face in attempting to finalize a rule that environmentalists and states already oppose and that EPA says needs revisions.

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Industry Likely To Step Up Scrutiny Of States’ PFAS Limits In Next Year

Industry groups are expected to step up scrutiny in the next year of states’ growing efforts to develop enforceable drinking water limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including potentially more court action, an industry attorney says, especially given new scientific developments expected to be done on PFAS’ effects.

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EPA Plans State Review Framework Flexibility, Superfund Program Updates

EPA’s top enforcement and waste officials are outlining policy plans for the coming months and a possible second term for President Donald Trump, including offering states flexibility in reporting to the State Review Framework (SRF) that tracks enforcement efforts as well as an update to the Superfund model prospective purchaser agreement.

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California Solar Panel Disposal Rules Face Recycling Uncertainty, Changes

California’s novel universal waste (UW) rules for disposing spent photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which take effect Jan. 1, are raising uncertainty about how fast they may spur new in-state recycling facilities for the hazardous material, while solar industry and other groups are eyeing “cleanup legislation” to relax some of the new requirements.

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Steel Company Urges 3rd Circuit To Uphold CERCLA Reporting Waiver

A steel mill is urging a federal appeals court to uphold a potentially precedent-setting Superfund ruling that exempted three of its facilities in the Pittsburgh area from Superfund reporting requirements because the company holds a Clean Air Act (CAA) permit even if the mill’s emissions have violated those permits.

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California Seeks Stay Of Battery Maker Bankruptcy Deal Over Waste Site

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is seeking a stay of a recent bankruptcy settlement between the federal government and a lead-acid battery manufacturer because the agreement would allegedly leave thousands of properties without sufficient funding for the cleanup of lead, while also seeking an appeal of the ruling.

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9th Circuit Backs EPA Deadline Extension For Federal Landfill Methane Plan

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is backing EPA’s authority to significantly extend the deadline for issuing federal standards for much of the country to require landfills to limit their methane emissions, even after a district court set an earlier deadline for the agency to act.

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Critics Attack EPA Reversal On Use Of Radioactive Byproduct For Roads

Environmentalists and radioactive-cleanup experts are criticizing EPA for reversing course on a decades-long policy that prohibits the use of a radioactive byproduct from fertilizer production as a component in federal road construction, with the critics saying the move is a “give away” to a powerful industry.

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9th Circuit denies bid to reconsider CERCLA statute of limitations ruling

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on the Superfund law’s statute of limitations underscores what litigants have called a split with the D.C. Circuit on the issue.

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