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The ongoing federal budget stalemate that has left EPA and other agencies without final spending plans more than 100 days into fiscal year 2018 is reviving talk of a seemingly unlikely scenario in which lawmakers approve a year-long continuing resolution (CR) that only slightly tweaks current EPA funding levels, allowing it to avoid the steepest cuts to many programs.

EPA has released an initial list of 31 Superfund sites at which the agency plans to promote reuse opportunities for developers and businesses, an effort that may be aimed at overcoming difficulties the agency has previously faced getting cleanup sites "ready for anticipated use" due in part to difficulties implementing institutional controls.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is waging a last-minute push for Congress to block a looming Jan. 22 deadline for thousands of animal feeding operations (AFOs) to being reporting their hazardous air emissions for the first time, and some lawmakers are looking to include the ban in pending budget legislation.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's close oversight of high-profile Superfund cleanup decisions, as well as strict remedies he has supported for some sites, is drawing concern among potentially responsible parties (PRPs) that the administrator is signaling plans to embrace costlier excavation remedies at some sites.