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Fearing Superfund Changes, Key Panel Seeks Mining Bill Oversight

House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats are asserting jurisdiction over portions of a sweeping hardrock mining reform bill that recently passed the House in an effort to ensure anticipated conference committee negotiations with the Senate do not produce legislation detrimental to EPA's Superfund cleanup program.

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LAWMAKERS PROBING ARMY OVER KENTUCKY CHEM WEAPONS HANDLING

Two senators and one congressman from Kentucky are asking the Army tough questions over its handling of chemical weapons stored in the state, after regulators found numerous violations of state environmental regulations, and possible criminal misconduct, at a storage facility near Richmond, KY.

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HOUSE GOP BROADENS ATSDR INQUIRY BEYOND TCE CONTAMINATED SITES

Top Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee are expanding their investigation of Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) failures to adequately study health impacts at hazardous waste sites contaminated with the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) to "every hazardous waste site" where humans are exposed to harmful contaminants.

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LAWMAKERS USE NEW BIOMONITORING REPORT TO PUSH FOR TSCA REFORM

Prominent lawmakers are citing a new biomonitoring report, which found toxic chemicals in blood and urine samples of people around the country, to argue for revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), saying the report shows that the existing law governing chemical safety is inadequate to protect human health.

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House GOP Broadens ATSDR Inquiry Beyond TCE Contaminated Sites

Top Republicans on the House Energy & Commerce Committee are expanding their investigation of Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) failures to adequately study health impacts at hazardous waste sites contaminated with the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) to "every hazardous waste site" where humans are exposed to harmful contaminants.

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Reid's New FY08 Budget Plan Offers Hope For Modest EPA Funding Boost

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) recently announced plan to craft a fiscal year 2008 omnibus spending bill could result in EPA getting a share of a roughly $700 million funding boost for environment-related agencies, congressional sources say, though the president is still vowing to veto spending bills that exceed his requested levels.

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REID'S NEW FY08 BUDGET PLAN OFFERS HOPE FOR MODEST EPA FUNDING BOOST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) recently announced plan to craft a fiscal year 2008 omnibus spending bill could result in EPA getting a share of a roughly $700 million funding boost for environment-related agencies, congressional sources say, though the president is still vowing to veto spending bills that exceed his requested levels.

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ACTIVISTS HOPE SENATE-BACKED STUDY COULD FORCE WATER LIMITS FOR CO2

Environmentalists concerned about the marine water quality impacts of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are hopeful that an ocean acidification research project required by the the recently passed Senate Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) appropriations bill will provide the political and scientific grounding to advance their effort to control CO2 emissions.

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HOUSE PANEL, ACTIVISTS PRESS EPA TO ADDRESS DENTAL MERCURY WASTE

A House oversight panel and activists are increasing pressure on EPA to address mercury releases from dental offices, a move that some groups hope will ultimately lead to the agency forcing the dental industry to use technology aimed at curbing such pollution.

But new results from a three-year study the wastewater treatment industry conducted is indicating the technology may not prevent as much mercury from reaching the environment as hoped.

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EPA Rejects Use Of New Model To Measure GHG Credits For Recyclers

EPA officials are rejecting industry suggestions that an agency model developed to calculate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions achieved by recycling could enable waste recyclers to claim emissions credits that could be traded in a future cap-and-trade system. The model can help companies and local governments make the case for more recycling, EPA waste officials argue, but it is not the basis for obtaining credits sought by the recycling industry.

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