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Citing New Study, Environmentalists Urge Senate To Address PFAS At Bases

Charging that EPA is “not doing nearly enough,” environmentalists are urging the Senate to require the Trump administration to quickly take a series of steps to address water contamination from per- and polyflouroalkyl substances (PFAS), citing a new study that suggests levels at many military bases exceed a federal health agency's draft risk values.

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Creating Appellate Split, 6th Circuit Rejects CWA Liability For Groundwater

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in two new decisions is rejecting Clean Water Act (CWA) liability for pollution that travels through groundwater to surface waters, breaking with two other circuits that have allowed CWA penalties for groundwater-borne pollution and boosting the odds the Supreme Court might have to resolve the split.

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Florence Sets Off Spills At Ash, Waste Sites, Bolstering Calls For Strict Rules

Environmentalists are pushing for stricter EPA and state controls on power plants' coal ash ponds after a North Carolina plant's cooling water dam breached Sept. 21 due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, submerging a nearby coal ash pond and raising prospects for further spills after an earlier ash pond breach at the same facility.

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Bipartisan House bill encourages federal facility PFAS cleanups

The bill generally mirrors a recent Senate measzure though the House bill also requires EPA to regulate some PFAS under the Superfund law.

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EPA Expected To Ease RCRA Rules To Address Millions Of Recalled Airbags

EPA's waste office has sent an interim final rule on managing recalled airbags to the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for review, a measure that is expected to ease waste handling and disposal requirements for the millions of defective Takata vehicle airbags that have been recalled.

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OIG launches reviews of EPA Harvey spending, pesticide oversight

EPA's Office of Inspector General is launching more reviews of agency programs, less than a month before Inspector General Arthur Elkins, Jr. plans to leave EPA.

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Washington, DOE reach settlement over RCRA suit at Hanford

The deal puts the state's RCRA suit on hold and requires DOE for the first time to test and implement a new system to capture and destroy tank vapors at Hanford.

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Environmentalists Argue EPA's Reversal On Mining Rule Arbitrary, Illegal

Environmental groups are contending EPA acted arbitrarily and illegally when it abandoned a draft rule that would have set first-of-its-kind Superfund financial assurance requirements for hardrock mining, arguing the agency ignored health and environmental risks posed by current mining practices, among other deficiencies.

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Democrats dispute EPA waste office nomination on hold

Senate Republicans recently called on Democrats to stop blocking Peter Wright's nomination to head EPA's waste office, but Democrats say there is no hold.

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9th Circuit backs lower court on Teck's CERCLA liability

The appeals court's latest ruling in long-running Superfund litigation underscores an earlier decision that a Canadian company is liable for pollution that traveled to the United States.

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