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Environmentalists Challenge EPA Plan To Ease Cleanup At Portland Site

Environmentalists are opposing EPA's plan to ease strict sediment cleanup levels at the high-profile Portland Harbor Superfund site in Portland, OR, charging the agency lacks the scientific basis to extrapolate eased risk values from a recent risk review for the chemical benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) to other chemicals in the same class at the site.

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GAO Finds DOE Nuclear Weapons Cleanup Liabilities Jumped $109 Billion

The Energy Department's (DOE) liability for cleaning up the remaining 16 contaminated sites in its nuclear weapons complex jumped $109 billion over the past year, to $377 billion, largely due to updated estimates for addressing high-level radioactive waste at the Hanford reservation in Richland, WA, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a just-released report.

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New Hampshire Declines Call To Set SDWA Technology Standard For PFAS

New Hampshire's top environment official is rejecting a request by environmentalists to set enforceable “treatment technique” standards for drinking water utilities to address the thousands of chemicals in the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) class, claiming it would contradict the state's statutory authority.

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Judge Hints At Preserving $14 Billion Environmental Bankruptcy Case

A federal bankruptcy judge is hinting that he may preserve a massive case against the parent companies of the bankrupt oil and gas company Maxus Energy Corporation that seeks to fulfill claims by a liquidating trust representing EPA and other creditors for $14 billion in cleanup costs at hazardous waste sites in various states.

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Napolitano to head House environment panel

The longtime member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is the new chair of panel with jurisdiction over EPA's clean water programs.

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EPA's Stalled PFAS Groundwater Levels Stymie State Efforts At DOD Sites

The Trump administration's delay in issuing recommended groundwater cleanup levels for two of the most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is hampering state and local efforts to address contamination stemming from military bases as the Defense Department (DOD) resists compliance with state standards.

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Air Force Sues New Mexico, Arguing Overreach In Cannon's RCRA Permit

The Air Force is suing New Mexico’s environmental regulators over its recently renewed 10-year Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) permit for Cannon Air Force Base, a case that appears to mark one of the first formal disputes between a state and the military over efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Virginia coal ash bill wins industry, GOP support

Approval of the legislation with support from utilities and Republicans could set a precedent for environmentalists looking to strengthen requirements for ash site closures nationwide.

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Bipartisan Group Seeks To Address PFAS But Faces Industry, GOP Hurdles

A group of House lawmakers Jan. 23 announced the formation of a bipartisan task force to push legislative, funding and other measures to pressure EPA and other agencies to clean up growing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), though the group is likely to face pushback from industry and some Republicans.

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States Seek Tight Legal Deadlines On EPA Landfill Methane Implementation

Democratic states and environmental groups that are challenging EPA’s failure to implement an Obama-era rule to limit emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane at landfills are asking a federal district judge to impose tight timelines for the agency to take a series of steps required by the rule.

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