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EPA Urged To Block DOD’s Thermal Disposal Of Explosives Containing PFAS

Local citizen groups are petitioning EPA Region 4 to block the U.S. military from using thermal methods for disposing of explosives and other materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at a Tennessee Army ammunition plant, putting new pressure on the military as it seeks to dispose of items containing the chemicals.

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Judge agrees to add RCRA claim to novel Shell climate suit

A federal district court judge has found Shell Oil should not have been surprised by a new hazardous waste claim in a novel climate change suit brought by the Conservation Law Foundation.

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Environmentalists Petition EPA To Update Plastics Production ELGs

Hundreds of environmental and other groups are petitioning EPA to revise its effluent limits for the production of petroleum-based plastics, saying an update is necessary to comply with Clean Water Act (CWA) mandates to reflect new science and ensure new technologies and treatment methods are used to address emerging contaminants.

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Great Lakes groups press candidates on water agenda

A coalition is asking 2020 presidential candidates to commit to increased funding and enforcement to address clean water and drinking water issues in the region.

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New Hampshire approves strictest PFAS standards

The state’s enforceable drinking water and groundwater quality standards for four perfluorinated chemicals are more stringent than first proposed and the strictest in the nation.

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Rejecting Suit, D.C. Circuit Backs EPA On Dropped CERCLA Mine Rule

A federal appeals court has rejected environmentalists’ lawsuit attempting to force EPA to set first-time Superfund financial assurance rules for the hardrock mining sector after the agency declined to do so, with the court applying the Chevron deference standard to uphold EPA’s decision.

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Duke Energy agrees to new NRD settlement over 2014 coal ash spill

Five years after the Dan River ash spill, Duke is agreeing to pay for further environmental restoration in a settlement with the federal government, Virginia and North Carolina.

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Chemours’ Fraud Charges Against DuPont Could Aid PFAS Damages Claims

The Chemours Company’s recently unsealed suit alleging DuPont, from which it was spun off, fraudulently underestimated the new entity’s liabilities from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), could aid states and other parties as they pursue billions of dollars of damages claims related to PFAS contamination.

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Democrats, Environmentalists Seek To Embrace EJ in GHG Policies

Democrats, mainstream environmental groups and equity organizations are redoubling their efforts to bridge long-standing divisions that seek to address both environmental justice concerns and climate change policy ahead of the 2020 election and possible legislation that could be advanced afterward.

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House Republicans Remain Hostile To Democrats’ Scientific Integrity Bill

House Republicans are showing little interest in supporting a bill being crafted by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) that seeks to codify scientific integrity requirements at EPA and other agencies, accusing Democrats of “weaponizing” the debate over federal science and faulting the bill for its failure to sufficiently address “research misconduct” and other issues.

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