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EPA Announces Broad Federal Strategy To Reduce Marine Litter Worldwide

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has announced the launch of a broad new federal strategy aimed at preventing and reducing marine litter worldwide, with a focus on boosting the capacity of waste management systems and collaborating with the private sector on providing incentives to the global recycling market to minimize waste.

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Environmentalists Defend Appeal Of Suit Over Oklahoma Coal Ash Plan

Environmentalists are defending their appeal of a district court decision that partly remanded EPA’s approval of Oklahoma’s coal ash disposal permit program while upholding broader elements of the agency’s review process for state rules, arguing that waiting for the remand to conclude is pointless because it requires no new action from EPA.

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Final EPA Rule Softening Limits On Unlined Coal Ash Sites Tees Up Suit

EPA has finalized its rule allowing coal ash disposal sites that lack “composite” liners to keep operating if they can show there is “no reasonable probability” that the facilities will contaminate groundwater, teeing up a legal fight with environmentalists who say the rule violates both waste law and a 2018 appellate court decision.

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9th Circuit Splits On Whether U.S. Mine Order Triggers Superfund Liability

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in a split decision has ruled that the United States’ link to a World War II-era gold mine -- which the government ordered temporarily shut down to divert resources to other mining -- is too tenuous for it to be held liable under Superfund law for cleanup costs at the site.

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Wheeler taps former Bush regulatory review chief to lead SAB

The new panelists and panel leaders from industry and other deregulatory backgrounds signals that the administrator plans to rely on the board to review his planned agenda should Trump win a second term.

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North Carolina sues PFAS manufacturers for natural resource damages

The latest suit adds to North Carolina’s legal and regulatory actions to address water and other contamination caused by the manufacture of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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Mining companies say court lacks jurisdiction in Gold King spill case

The case is part of multi-district litigation over the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado, where EPA cleanup work accidentally triggered a spill of 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater in 2015.

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EPA sends Superfund financial assurance, NCP spill rules for OMB review

The White House is reviewing a final rule on Superfund financial responsibility for three industrial sectors, and a separate final regulation that would revise oil spill monitoring requirements.

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Testing State Policies, Businesses Sue New Jersey Over PFAS Water Rules

Business and industry groups in New Jersey are suing the state over its drinking water and groundwater regulations governing the two most-studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), posing an early legal test of some states’ efforts to set enforceable drinking water limits for PFAS in the absence of EPA regulation.

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Critics Charge Bankruptcy Deal Fails To Address California Site’s Pollution

California officials and federal lawmakers are criticizing a bankruptcy settlement between the United States and a lead-acid battery manufacturer because it is expected to leave thousands of properties without sufficient funding for the cleanup of lead, but one legal expert says the deal follows bankruptcy law and is similar to other such settlements.

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