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Democrats Push EPA To Boost Use Of TSCA To Limit Lead In Products

Senate Democrats are urging EPA to "be stronger" in its use of existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to target lead-containing products, with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) saying that she plans to introduce legislation to force EPA to eliminate lead in products that children use.

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House Mercury Export Ban Faces Hurdles Despite Stockpile Deal

House legislation to ban exports of elemental mercury still faces lingering obstacles, despite a recent compromise between industry and environmentalists on how to deal with expected mercury stockpiles -- one of the most contentious issues surrounding the bill.

Chemical industry officials are uncertain whether they will sign a letter encouraging lawmakers to support the export ban legislation, and it is unclear whether mining industry officials will drop their initial opposition to the bill despite the recent compromise.

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Voinovich Eyes Climate Bill Emphasizing Technology Over Emissions Cap

Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), ranking member of the Senate environment committee's clean air panel, is drafting climate legislation that would emphasize developing and deploying carbon dioxide (CO2) capture-and-sequestration technology rather than strict caps on CO2 emissions, sources familiar with the effort say.

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EPA MAY LACK INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR REMAINDER OF BUSH PRESIDENCY

The recent decision by Andrew Cochran to withdraw his nomination to serve as EPA's inspector general (IG) could soon leave the agency's IG office without a top official for the remainder of President Bush's presidency, because federal law requires the acting IG, Bill Roderick, to step down in early November.

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ACTIVISTS EYE HOUSE TO RESTORE RISK FINDINGS TO SENATE ASBESTOS BILL

Activists groups are planning to draft letters to House Democratic leaders urging them to restore legislative findings on the risks posed by asbestos which was dropped from a Senate bill requiring EPA to ban the compound due to GOP concerns that it could bolster toxic tort lawsuits, one informed sources says.

The activists are urging Democratic lawmakers to support a companion House bill, H.R. 3339, recently introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), that currently includes the findings.

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DEMOCRATS PUSH EPA TO BOOST USE OF TSCA TO LIMIT LEAD IN PRODUCTS

Senate Democrats are urging EPA to "be stronger" in its use of existing Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to target lead-containing products, with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) saying that she plans to introduce legislation to force EPA to eliminate lead in products that children use.

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HOUSE MERCURY EXPORT BAN FACES HURDLES DESPITE STOCKPILE DEAL

House legislation to ban exports of elemental mercury still faces lingering obstacles, despite a recent compromise between industry and environmentalist stakeholders on how to deal with expected mercury stockpiles -- one of the most contentious issues surrounding the bill.

Chemical industry officials are uncertain whether they will sign a letter encouraging lawmakers to support the export ban legislation, and it is unclear whether mining industry officials will drop their initial opposition to the bill despite the recent compromise.

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HOUSE ACTION BUOYS WASTE INDUSTRY BID TO CLOSE RAILYARD PERMIT WAIVER

Waste industry lobbyists are welcoming House passage of a railroad safety bill that includes broad language closing a loophole in federal transportation law that exempts rail operations from environmental requirements for handling and treatment of solid waste.

The industry lobbyists say the House legislation, originally offered by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), gives them leverage in an upcoming House-Senate conference committee to amend a narrower Senate proposal offered by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), which they argue is confusing and does little to address the problem.

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EPA May Lack Inspector General For Remainder Of Bush Presidency

The recent decision by Andrew Cochran to withdraw his nomination to serve as EPA's inspector general (IG) could soon leave the agency's IG office without a top official for the remainder of President Bush's presidency, because federal law requires the acting IG, Bill Roderick, to step down in early November.

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Backers Say Resolution Proves House Support For Water Trust Fund

Supporters of a just-passed bipartisan House resolution backing a "long-term, sustainable" clean water infrastructure funding source say the measure is a promising signal of lawmakers' strong support for a controversial new clean water trust fund, even though the resolution stops short of calling for such a fund.

But at least one key Republican in floor comments on the resolution says a better approach would to be reform the existing Clean Water Act state revolving loan fund (SRF) program.

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