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EPA Guide On PCB Ship Waste May Not Quell Concerns On MARAD Policy

EPA is crafting guidance to advise ship owners on how to comply with its rules governing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) before exporting ships for scrapping but the guide may not quell concerns that a 2011 Maritime Administration (MARAD) policy allowing owners to self-certify removal of PCBs circumvents EPA's toxics law authority.

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Despite Concerns, White House Backs EPA's RFS, Drop-In Biofuels

The White House is voicing new support for EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) and a multi-agency effort to develop “drop-in” fuels to advance energy independence and clean energy goals -- even as some on Capitol Hill clamor to dismantle the RFS program and environmental groups oppose recent EPA feedstock approvals for drop-in fuels.

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Airlines Seek To Resolve Activist Fears Over RFS Feedstocks For Jet Fuel

The airline industry plans to work with EPA to address environmentalists' objections over the designation of camelina oil and other bio-based jet fuel feedstocks under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which forced the agency last week to withdraw its direct final rule approving the new fuel pathways, according to an official with Airlines for America (A4A), the airline industry's lead trade group.

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EPA Poised To Release Long-Delayed Dioxin Non-Cancer Risk Limit

EPA is expected Feb. 17 to release its long-delayed assessment of the non-cancer risks of the ubiquitous environmental contaminant dioxin, brushing aside industry concerns that the release of only one of two portions of the assessment would confuse consumers.

More than two decades in the making, the final Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (dioxin), the most toxic form of the compound, is expected to drive significantly more stringent waste cleanup and air and water quality rules.

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GOP Demands Report On Italian Lab

Citing a recent report on Inside EPA, congressional Republicans are demanding that EPA and National Toxicology Program (NTP) officials release a long-awaited report that is intended to determine whether toxicity data from a controversial Italian laboratory -- data that EPA included in several key chemical risk assessments -- may have overstated the substances' risks.

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New BRAC May Trigger Stricter Cleanups

The Defense Department (DOD) Jan. 26 announced plans to seek base closures and realignments (BRAC) in fiscal years 2013 and 2015 as part of broad cost-cutting measures across the Pentagon, which may trigger calls for stricter cleanup levels on property transferred out of DOD for other uses, one environmentalist says.

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Agencies Slated To Soon Release Study On Controversial Italian Cancer Data

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is expected to soon release its long-awaited review of carcinogenicity studies performed by a controversial Italian laboratory, studies relating to six of EPA's major chemical risk assessments, which the agency was forced to "hold" after an initial NTP review of one of the studies found inconsistencies.

Informed sources say that NTP is slated to soon release its final report on the validity of the Ramazzini Institute's data with one source indicating it may be released before the end of January.

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