EPA Backs Trump-Era Nuclear Waste Cleanup Precedent, Sparking Criticism

September 27, 2022
Over opposition from environmentalists, EPA is upholding a controversial precedent set by Trump-era Administrator Andrew Wheeler that will eliminate certain Clean Water Act (CWA) limits for radionuclides at an Energy Department (DOE) Superfund cleanup, but which sources say opens the door to skirting a broad set of standards at other sites. By affirming Wheeler’s 2020 decision, EPA “opens the door for DOE and other polluters across the country to manipulate radionuclide pollution standards in [Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability...

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