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Public Citizen urges Biden to expand EPA regulatory freeze

The watchdog group says at least 25 deregulatory actions by the prior administration, including several EPA rules, violated the Congressional Review Act and can be reversed quickly.

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ARCO Cites High Court CERCLA Case To Boost Superfund Ruling Appeal

An oil company is asking the Supreme Court to accept, but place on hold, its appeal of a Superfund case that parallels litigation the high court accepted for review last month that is expected to test what is required for a settlement to trigger Superfund contribution protection and its corresponding statute of limitations.

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EPA releases 10-year plan for Navajo Nation uranium cleanups

EPA and other federal agencies have released a 10-year plan outlining the government’s commitments to address environmental impacts from uranium contamination across hundreds of sites.

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Supreme Court Could Resolve Problems With CERCLA Limitations Statute

The Supreme Court’s upcoming review of a Superfund statute of limitations case could aid in resolving key cleanup legal issues and affect other sites being reassessed for further remediation, while the high court’s 2020 ruling in another Superfund case has effectively dented the pre-enforcement review bar’s impact on state law claims, legal experts say.

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Environmentalists oppose stay of EPA lead dust hazard rule case

Environmentalists are opposing the Biden administration’s request to stay for 60 days litigation challenging EPA’s 2019 lead dust hazard standards, saying further delay poses health risks for children.

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Environmentalists Warn PFAS Might Lessen COVID-19 Vaccine’s Efficacy

Environmental researchers are warning that exposures to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) could potentially reduce the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine, with one analyst saying that even though data on such a link is limited it suggests a need to prioritize vaccine rollout in communities with higher PFAS exposures.

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Sustainable business group urges ratification of Basel waste measure

A sustainable business group is calling on its California members to urge the Biden administration to support U.S. ratification of the Basel Convention, in order to strengthen plastic waste management regulation.

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EPA Faces Competing Calls On Stringency On ‘Legacy’ Coal Ash Rule

Environmentalists are urging EPA to quickly craft new standards for “legacy” ash disposal sites setting strict requirements for monitoring, financial assurance and disaster prevention, while industry groups are pressing the agency to first build a new rulemaking record and then tailor any rule to the specific conditions it finds.

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EPA Faces Competing Calls On Stringency Of ‘Legacy’ Coal Ash Rule

Environmentalists are urging EPA to quickly craft new standards for “legacy” ash disposal sites setting strict requirements for monitoring, financial assurance and disaster prevention, while industry groups are pressing the agency to first build a new rulemaking record and then tailor any rule to the specific conditions it finds.

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House Democrats push EPA to tighten Trump-era coal ash proposal

A group of 38 lawmakers is urging the Biden EPA to rework a Trump-era proposal on coal ash reuse as a vehicle for more-stringent limits on the waste’s use as a fill material.

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