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House Appropriators Order EPA To Seek NAS Oversight On Biomonitoring Data

House appropriators are raising concerns about EPA's use of human chemical data in developing regulations, and are directing the agency to seek assistance from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in interpreting such biomonitoring data. The committee's direction comes as industry officials are raising concerns that the increasing use of such data in tort litigation and by federal regulators will result in large damages awards and tighter environmental regulations.

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Democrats Consider Ways To Boost FY04 Superfund Appropriations

Senate Democrats are meeting to discuss ways to boost funding for EPA's Superfund program in fiscal year 2004, after EPA officials acknowledged this week that shortfalls in the program's FY03 budget have prevented them from starting remediation at 10 of 20 Superfund sites nationwide that are ready for cleanup.

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House Panel Hands EPA FY04 Funding Increase Over Bush Request

A House appropriations subcommittee has approved $8 billion for EPA's fiscal year 2004 budget, a $375 million boost above the Bush administration's funding request.

But House Democrats are blasting the amount as inadequate because they say it is still $74 million less than FY03 funding, and are vowing to restore some agency funding before the bill comes to the floor for a vote.

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Climate Change Dispute Delays Overdue EPA FY03 Operating Plan

The Bush administration is struggling to finalize EPA's operating plan for fiscal year 2003, in part, because White House officials fear proposed EPA cuts to voluntary climate programs like Energy Star could undercut administration efforts to convince critics it is making a serious effort to deal with climate change through voluntary initiatives, according to agency, congressional and other sources.

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States Seek Federal Budget Support Despite New Study's Findings

State environmental officials are using a new report on state environmental budgets to argue for continued federal support for state environmental programs, even though the report found that the federal share of environmental spending increased relative to states' own spending in fiscal year 2003.

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EPA Cuts Funding For Touted 'Energy Star' Conservation Program

EPA has cut the operating budget by one-third for its highly touted Energy Star program, which provides a federal seal of approval for energy-efficient consumer products. The budget cuts are being imposed as lawmakers and administration officials are discussing ways to curb energy consumption and boost electricity supplies to avoid what some see as a looming crisis.

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Legal Issues May Cloud New House Cost-Benefit Plan For Environmental Rules

New House legislation authorizing EPA to conduct a pilot project under which the agency would evaluate the costs and benefits of varying budgets for regulatory programs is drawing fire from environmentalists, who say the pilot could illegally cap regulatory spending even for programs where considering the costs of some rules is illegal, such as the Clean Air Act program that establishes air quality standards.

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EPA Proposal Seeks To Offset Effect Of New Transportation Funding Burdens

EPA will soon issue a long-awaited transportation funding proposal that includes a number of new "streamlining" measures that appear aimed at offsetting court-ordered burdens for municipal planning officials who must demonstrate that their future plans do not impair air quality.

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NACEPT Panel Rejects Funding As Basis For Superfund Listings

An EPA-sponsored stakeholder group evaluating the future of the Superfund program has rejected using the availability of funds to determine whether to list a site on the National Priorities List (NPL), according to a draft version of the group's recommendations obtained by Inside Washington Publishers.

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States Urge EPA To Concede Budget Woes In Environmental Strategy

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), which represents state environmental commissioners, is urging EPA to acknowledge in its strategic planning the significant role states play in meeting the agency's performance targets -- and how state budget woes may hamper the ability to meet those targets.

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