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EPA Backs Industry Call To Revise Coal Ash Rule’s Approach To Waste Reuse

EPA is proposing to rework how its Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) coal ash rule handles reuse of the waste, backing industry requests to scrap the current numeric approach and imposing instead a mandate to “control releases” that environmentalists say amounts to an exemption from regulation for structural fills and other activites.

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EPA withdraws Pebble Mine ‘veto’ despite harsh comments

The agency is formally scrapping the Obama EPA’s “preemptive” veto and will work with the Corps as it weighs a still-pending permit application for the mine, which EPA has already criticized.

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DeFazio steps up scrutiny of EPA’s CWA policy changes

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman is boosting the panel’s oversight of EPA’s policy changes related to state reviews of federally permitted activities and wastewater “blending.”

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Democratic AGs Vow To Ignore ‘Unlawful’ EPA CWA Section 401 Guidance

Democratic attorneys general (AGs) from 14 states are urging EPA to withdraw a controversial guidance on how states can place water quality conditions on federally approved permits, arguing the guidance is contrary to the Clean Water Act (CWA) and case law and vowing to adhere instead to existing, binding requirements.

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Following Criticism, New Pentagon Chief Seeks To Reset PFAS Response

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s creation of a high-level task force to take a “proactive stance” on per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination signals the Pentagon’s new chief is seeking to take control of an issue for which DOD has drawn strong criticisms for months and prompted Congress to advance legislation to address it.

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States, Industry Ask Judge To Reconsider CWA Rule Remand Decision

Seeking to avoid a regulatory patchwork, three southern states and more than a dozen national industry groups are asking a federal district court judge to reconsider his May ruling that remanded to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule.

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Complicating Effort, IRIS Arsenic Analysis To Include Dual Risk Approaches

In a change from past plans, EPA’s assessment of the human health risks of exposure to inorganic arsenic will contain both novel estimates for non-cancer risk endpoints recommended by science advisors as well as traditional single-point reference values sought by the agency’s program offices, perhaps complicating the long-running effort to update EPA’s 1991 assessment.

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Judge agrees to add RCRA claim to novel Shell climate suit

A federal district court judge has found Shell Oil should not have been surprised by a new hazardous waste claim in a novel climate change suit brought by the Conservation Law Foundation.

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Environmentalists Petition EPA To Update Plastics Production ELGs

Hundreds of environmental and other groups are petitioning EPA to revise its effluent limits for the production of petroleum-based plastics, saying an update is necessary to comply with Clean Water Act (CWA) mandates to reflect new science and ensure new technologies and treatment methods are used to address emerging contaminants.

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Great Lakes groups press candidates on water agenda

A coalition is asking 2020 presidential candidates to commit to increased funding and enforcement to address clean water and drinking water issues in the region.

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