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Rep. Kildee, Key Task Force Leader, Details Path For Advancing PFAS Bills

On the eve of a key legislative hearing, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), the Democratic co-chair of a bipartisan task force aimed at addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is detailing the path he and other lawmakers plan to take to advance PFAS legislation in the House though their effort still likely faces a rocky path.

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UARG’s Demise Shifts Focus To Utility Waste, Water Groups’ EPA Influence

The demise of the long-time Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) that litigated many EPA air rules for the power sector and imploded following congressional scrutiny over its ties to the agency’s current air chief is shifting focus to other utility sector groups that are involved in legal challenges and advocacy on waste and water regulations.

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Carper seeks five GAO studies on climate impacts

 The Democratic senator is urging the Government Accountability Office to prepare five studies examining how climate change threatens waste storage, energy infrastructure, chemical facilities and flood-related infrastructure.

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EPA Loss On Landfill Suit Standing Claim Boosts Role Of High Court Ruling

EPA’s recent failure to limit the ability of states to sue over the agency’s slow implementation of Obama-era landfill methane rule could raise the importance of the Supreme Court’s landmark Massachusetts v. EPA ruling that gave states “special solicitude” to bring climate suits, given that many Trump administration climate rollbacks will soon wind up in court.

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House, Senate lawmakers introduce flurry of PFAS bills

The bipartisan bills from House and Senate lawmakers attempt to mandate toxic release reporting and federal facility cleanups of the chemicals and bar incineration of PFAS waste.

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Industry Asks EPA For Additional Flexibility Under Airbag Waste Rule

Automakers and dealers are asking EPA to add more flexibility into its interim airbag disposal rule, which conditionally exempts dealers and salvage vendors from hazardous waste requirements when removing and handling recalled and other airbags from vehicles.

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EPA Seeks OMB Approval Of Ash Rule Revisions Following Adverse Ruling

EPA has sent for White House pre-publication review its second round of revisions to the Obama-era waste rule governing coal ash, a proposal that will establish a first-time nationwide ash permit program and potentially respond to an adverse court ruling that found several provisions of the 2015 rule too weak.

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New findings show jump in sites with PFAS contamination

EWG's latest analysis of public data finds 610 sites contaminated with perfluorinated compounds, an increase from 172 sites identified last year.

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DOE-EPA Fight Tests Wheeler On Superfund's Reach Over Nuclear Waste

EPA Region 4 and the Energy Department (DOE) have elevated a dispute over radioactive landfills' releases at DOE's Oak Ridge site, posing a test for Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who will have to decide whether the agency can use its Superfund law power to strictly regulate nuclear waste at federal facilities or defer to DOE and its reliance on weaker Atomic Energy Act (AEA) limits.

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Citing Procedural Issues, DOJ Urges High Court To Decline CERCLA Case

The Justice Department (DOJ) is urging the Supreme Court to reject an industry petition that seeks to overturn a landmark state court decision finding the Superfund law's bar on pre-enforcement review of EPA cleanup decisions does not extend to state damages claims, with the government saying the case is not ripe for high court review.

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