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Jan 02, 2018

House Republicans Criticize Pruitt’s Toxic-Sites List

Republican leaders of a House committee are questioning the need for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s new list of superfund sites that need "immediate, intense attention."

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Jan 02, 2018

Superfund Targets Faster Cleanups in 2018 Despite Budget Doubts

The Environmental Protection Agency's superfund program is heading into a year of systemic changes, as its leaders try to accelerate cleanup and make quicker decisions for contaminated sites.

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Dec 18, 2017

Insurer May Indemnify, But Not Defend, Hazmat Case

North River Insurance Co. has no duty to defend a policyholder against a federal hazardous waste cleanup order but still may have to reimburse the policyholder for damages in connection with a Connecticut warehouse fire.

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Dec 11, 2017

Pruitt’s New Toxic-Site List Creates Uncertainty for Companies

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is applying pressure to severely contaminated sites where the agency and companies responsible for cleanup have reached an impasse.

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Dec 05, 2017

Insurer Bypassed in Toxic Waste Cleanup Still Must Pay

Southern Pilot Insurance Co. can’t back out of an insurance policy just because the policyholder agreed on its own to cleanup a toxic waste site.

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Dec 01, 2017

House Votes to Renew Brownfields Program for First Time in 15 Years

The House Nov. 30 overwhelmingly passed legislation to reauthorize the brownfields program, which helps communities clean up and reuse contaminated sites, although Senate action will likely have to wait until 2018.

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Nov 27, 2017

House Panel Approves Bill Killing Conflict Mineral Disclosure

A bill repealing the conflict minerals disclosure requirement, as well as other measures addressing corporate governance, capital formation, and Dodd-Frank Act disclosure requirements, was approved Nov. 15 by the House Financial Services Committee.

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Nov 27, 2017

Floored by Fluorochemicals: Who Pays to Decontaminate Water?

The mushrooming costs of cleaning a toxic fire-fighting chemical out of water supplies are becoming difficult to bear, according to interviews with water utility officials in cities and towns across the country.

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