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EPA updates Superfund emphasis list, adds new criteria

EPA's third revision to its list of Superfund sites to receive priority attention updates the criteria that the agency uses to consider sites for addition to the list.

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6th Circuit orders response to CWA groundwater suit rehearing bid

The appellate court's order could signal interest from at least some of its judges in rehearing the case that rejected CWA liability for groundwater-borne pollution.

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EPA Region 4 chief resigns after ethics law indictment

Trey Glenn was indicted this month on multiple counts of violating Alabama's ethics laws for his role, prior to joining the agency, in urging EPA to keep a contaminated site off the Superfund National Priorities List.

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Industry intervenors oppose environmentalists' suit over DSW rule

Industry groups claim the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit lacks jurisdiction to hear environmentalists' suit over EPA's definition of solid waste rule.

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In Rebuke Of Lawsuit, EPA Defends Decision To Drop CERCLA Mining Rule

The Justice Department (DOJ) is defending EPA's decision to abandon a draft rule that would have established first-of-its kind Superfund financial assurance requirements for hardrock mining, arguing the decision deserves judicial deference and that the agency considered environmental and other risks when it reevaluated the record to decide against a rule.

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District Court Boosts Industry Claim Of 'Split' On CWA Groundwater Liability

A new federal district court ruling could bolster industry groups who claim there is a court “split” that the Supreme Court must resolve on whether the Clean Water Act (CWA) applies to groundwater pollution that reaches surface waters, because the decision sides with industry claims that a 1994 appellate decision bars liability for such pollution.

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Spotlighting recycling collaboration, EPA signs mercury switch MOU

Launching a dialogue to tackle major challenges in the recycling arena, EPA has renewed an agreement to recover mercury-containing switches from vehicles.

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EPA, OIG At Odds Over Whether Land-Application Of Biosolids Is 'Safe'

EPA's Office of Water and Office of Inspector General (OIG) are at odds over the agency's position that the land-application of sewage sludge is safe, with OIG in a new report noting the agency has identified 352 pollutants in the treated sludge, 61 of which are designated as acutely hazardous, hazardous or priority pollutants in other programs.

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EPA Eases RCRA For Airbag Removals But Keeps Hazardous Waste Status

EPA has issued an interim final rule that conditionally exempts auto dealers and salvage vendors from hazardous waste requirements when removing and handling recalled and other airbags from vehicles, in a measure aimed at expediting the removal of millions of defective Takata airbag inflators under an ongoing federal recall.

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EPA Region 4 Chief Indicted, Likely Bolstering Democrats' Ethics Oversight

The indictment of EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn on criminal charges of violating Alabama's ethics laws is likely to bolster House Democrats' plans to strengthen federal ethics law, which they are already justifying based on concerns that former EPA chief Scott Pruitt was able to escape scrutiny due to inadequate requirements.

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