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EPA poised to publish ‘Part A’ coal ash rule, starting clock for suits

Environmentalists have already vowed to sue over EPA’s latest coal ash rule, which sets new closure deadlines for many ash disposal sites including those that lack protective “composite” liners.

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In Appeal, Environmentalists Seek Reversal Of CERCLA Reporting Waiver

Environmentalists in their opening brief in a potentially precedent-setting Superfund case are urging a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court ruling that exempted a steel mill from Superfund reporting requirements because the facility holds a Clean Air Act (CAA) permit -- even though its emissions violate those permits.

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PFAS Incineration Test Hits Hurdle While EPA Touts Alternatives Contest

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is blaming an Obama-era agency official for efforts that resulted in nixing a research plan to test per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) incineration methods in New Jersey, while the administrator is touting the launch of a $50,000 contest to find alternative disposal methods to burning the substances.

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Military Cites National Impacts In Urging Court To Reject State PFAS Push

The Air Force is urging a federal district court overseeing multi-district litigation (MDL) on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to reject an attempt by New Mexico to force the military to implement interim cleanup measures, arguing the state’s motion has national implications for the service’s cleanup priorities and raises threshold Superfund law questions.

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NAS panel calls for expanding EPA’s food waste reduction plan

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences is calling for a national strategy to tackle consumers’ food waste, including expansion of a food waste initiative started by EPA and other federal agencies.

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House Democrats fault Wheeler’s ‘giveaway’ on EPA coal ash rule

Top Democrats on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee called EPA’s revisions to its coal ash standards a “giveaway to industry” and are seeking details on the rulemaking process.

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EPA Guide Clarifies Municipalities’ Exemption Under 2018 Brownfields Law

Private-practice attorneys are citing a guidance EPA quietly released in June that they say clarifies 2018 amendments to brownfields law, making clear that land banks and redevelopment authorities can qualify as local governments exempt from Superfund liability when they obtain contaminated property under certain circumstances.

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Attorneys Say High Court’s Superfund Ruling Leaves ‘Dangling’ Questions

Attorneys analyzing the Supreme Court’s ruling in a Superfund case testing the ability of private landowners to amend a cleanup remedy say the ruling resolves some legal issues such as finding them to be responsible parties but leaves “dangling” questions, including how courts will address conflict preemption in future cases.

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Attorneys Say High Court's Superfund Ruling Leaves 'Dangling' Questions

Attorneys analyzing the Supreme Court's ruling in a Superfund case testing the ability of private landowners to amend a cleanup remedy say the ruling resolves some legal issues such as finding them to be responsible parties but leaves "dangling" questions, including how courts will address conflict preemption in future cases.

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Utilities, Environmentalists Spar Over EPA Ash Policy’s Scope On Reuse

Power industry groups and environmentalists are sparring over whether EPA can apply its proposed coal ash permit rule to ash reuse, with utilities saying reuse is categorically excluded from the policy while environmentalists say the agency must first pursue the permitting process before declaring ash reuse exempt from the regulation.

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