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ACTIVISTS RAISE CONCERNS OVER ENERGY & COMMERCE PANEL SECURITY BILL

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Environmentalists are raising concerns about a chemical security bill that a key member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee introduced recently, saying the bill is far less protective than legislation the House Homeland Security Committee approved earlier this month.

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ACTIVISTS URGE FURTHER CONGRESSIONAL PRESSURE ON WASTE-TO-FUELS

Environmentalists are urging lawmakers to continue pressuring EPA to halt its controversial plan to increase the number of hazardous wastes that can be burned as fuel outside Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations, saying the effort is a "poster-child" example of the agency putting industry priorities over human health and the environment.

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DEMOCRATS EYE RISK RESEARCH FUNDING BOOST IN NANO REAUTHORIZATION

Democrats are drafting legislation that would significantly boost spending to research the environmental, health and safety (EHS) implications of nanotechnology, and would also appoint what one environmentalist describes as a "cheerleader" in the president's office to lobby across the administration for future nanotech research funds.

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Lawmakers Urged To Protect Agency Scientists In Whistleblower Bill

Environmentalists and EPA union officials are urging lawmakers to ensure that any effort to reconcile competing House and Senate whistleblower protection bills include language that protects EPA and other federal scientists from retaliation by managers when they report distortions, changes or delays in their research.

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Pact On Childrens' Development Risks Seen Bolstering Democrats' TSCA Bill

A recently released consensus statement from children's health groups on the growing evidence that developmental risks are caused by environmental exposures to toxic chemicals could help key Democrats make the case for their soon-to-be introduced bill aimed at strengthening the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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Democrats Eye Risk Research Funding Boost In Nano Reauthorization Bill

Democrats are drafting legislation that would significantly boost spending to research the environmental, health and safety (EHS) implications of nanotechnology, and would also appoint what one environmentalist describes as a "cheerleader" in the president's office to lobby across the administration for future nanotech research funds.

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Au Revoir, Albert Wynn

In a surprise move, key House Energy & Commerce Committee member Albert Wynn (D-MD) announced his resignation Thursday afternoon.

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Rep. Wynn Steps Down, Leaving Key Environmental Panel Slot

Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD), chair of the Energy & Commerce Committee's environment and hazardous materials subcommittee, is resigning his seat next month, sparking a special election in his district and all but guaranteeing a political scramble as lawmakers vie for his slot on a panel that oversees key waste, toxics and other environmental issues.

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Environmentalists Renew Hill Pressure After EPA Rejects Waste-To-Fuel Study

Environmentalists are urging lawmakers to continue pressuring EPA to halt its controversial proposal to expand its exemption from Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) for wastes burned as fuel after the agency recently denied a request from lawmakers to study the potential environmental impacts of the proposed rule.

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Environmentalists Look To Congress To Bolster Push For Johnson Resignation

Environmentalists who are publicly calling for EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to resign are pressing their allies on Capitol Hill to lead the effort in what observers say is an attempt to give their campaign more credibility.

In particular, environmentalists are looking to powerful House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) to actively seek Johnson's ouster. Waxman is already conducting a series of sweeping investigations into Johnson's handling of recent controversial EPA regulatory decisions.

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