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Key House Democrat Seeks Federal Strategy To Boost Plastics Recycling

Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI), chair of the House science panel's research subcommittee, is urging EPA and other agencies to develop a national strategy to boost plastics recycling that includes improving U.S. recycling infrastructure, though experts say any nationwide plan should be flexible enough to encourage new and emerging technologies.

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Lawmakers Scrutinize DOE Over Growing Environmental Liabilities

House lawmakers are pressing the Energy Department (DOE) for answers on its growing environmental liability, estimated at almost $400 billion, particularly as that liability outpaces annual cleanup spending, and are questioning how that liability can be cut when the Trump administration is proposing budget cuts to the cleanup program.

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Exxon Faces Test In Bid To Delay Novel Climate Suit For New EPA Permit

Oil giant ExxonMobil is facing a key test as it seeks to stay a novel climate change suit to allow EPA to issue a new water permit that the company hopes will address most of the plaintiff's concerns and moot the first-of-its-kind suit, which alleges the company is violating permit terms because it is not doing enough to prevent releases caused by climate impacts.

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EPA Drops Threshold From PFAS Guide, Raising Removal Bar, Critics Say

The White House's decision to drop from EPA's groundwater cleanup guide for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) a default threshold above which regulators could order removals is sparking charges that regulators may not pursue some cleanups because they will be harder to justify though EPA says the limit was dropped to avoid confusion.

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EPA disaster debris guide urges climate preparation

The guidance rejected electric utilities' request that the final version make clear to regional offices that in times of natural disaster they can ease cleanup requirements for PCB remediation waste.

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Judge Pledges To Set ‘Reasonable’ Deadline For EPA Landfill Methane Rule

A federal judge is promising to set “reasonable” deadlines for EPA to implement a long-delayed Obama-era rule to limit methane, the potent greenhouse gas, from existing landfills to account for federal resource constraints while rejecting Trump administration arguments that seek to set a new bar limiting states’ standing to sue over climate rules.

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Senators Seek Broad GAO Probe Of DOD's PFAS Liabilities, Policy Stance

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate governmental affairs committee is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to open a probe into the environmental liabilities facing federal agencies such as the Defense Department (DOD) as they grapple with cleanup of the emerging contaminants per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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EPA Unveils PFAS Groundwater Guide But DOD Compliance Uncertain

EPA has issued long-delayed draft interim guidelines for cleaning up groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at levels stricter than what the Defense Department (DOD) and the other agencies have sought, though it is not clear whether DOD and the other agencies will comply at levels recommended by EPA.

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NAS reviewing DOD approach for worker TCE exposure limits

DOD is seeking NAS review of its approach  on TCE after finding EPA and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) exposure limits differed greatly.

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EPA Rejects Petition To Update Oil, Gas Waste Rules, Sparking Criticism

Sparking strong criticism, EPA has rejected environmentalists' petition seeking to revise federal waste rules for the disposal of oil and gas wastes, leaving in place generic standards that apply to all non-hazardous solid waste and deferring to existing state programs as better able to handle the management of such wastes.

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