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Former EPA Officials Urge Superfund Budget Hike To End Cleanup Backlog

Years of insufficient funding have harmed the Superfund program in several ways, including leading to a backlog of unfunded construction projects, say hundreds of former EPA officials and staff who are calling on the program to receive funding boosts and to start regulating emerging contaminants in recommendations advocating for an agency “reset."

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Air Emission Spikes, Cleanup Hazards Linger Following Hurricane Laura

As EPA and local authorities continue to assess the scope of damage from Hurricane Laura, environmentalists expect a long cleanup and recovery period that poses risks to human health and the environment as a result of air emissions spikes from shuttered industrial facilities restarting as well as hazards associated with cleanups.

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EPA names Hoskinson as new director to oversee RCRA program

Carolyn Hoskinson, who has long headed the EPA waste office’s underground storage tank program, will become director of the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery.

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EPA Opens New Office To Accelerate Western Hardrock Mining Cleanups

EPA has created a new Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains (OMDP) aimed at speeding the cleanup of former hardrock mining sites through closer oversight, promoting “Good Samaritan” remediation, serving as a technology transfer hub, and overseeing the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation.

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DOJ environment chief Clark to lead department’s civil division

Jeffrey Clark, who has been serving as the chief of the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, will soon take over the department’s civil litigation division.

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Dynegy Says High Court Groundwater Test Not Applicable To Ash Ponds

Electric power company Dynegy is urging a federal appeals court to affirm a lower court’s dismissal of environmentalists’ Clean Water Act (CWA) suit over groundwater contamination from coal ash ponds, saying the case does not meet a new Supreme Court test for applying CWA permitting and liability.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Tighten Draft Dust-Lead Clearance Levels

Environmental and public interest groups say EPA should tighten its recently proposed dust-lead clearance levels, and should broaden the standards to include porches and window troughs, rather than just windowsills and floors, in order to better protect children.

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Wheeler Highlights NPL’s Role In Broader Push For Environmental Justice

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is highlighting the agency’s move to finalize the addition of six new sites to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) and propose to add four more as part of a broader push to incorporate environmental justice (EJ) into EPA decisionmaking, saying many of the sites are in EJ communities.

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EPA Sets 2030 Goals For RCRA Corrective Action, Touts 2020 Achievements

EPA’s waste chief is setting goals the agency expects to reach in the next 10 years under its Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action program including curbing adverse impacts beyond facility boundaries such as vapor intrusion, while touting EPA’s achievements meeting goals set for cleanups by 2020.

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EPA extends policy easing waste manifest signature requirements

The extension responds to a rise in virus cases in some states after reopening and makes slight modifications to previous signature exemptions.

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