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Groundwater Study At Key Nuclear Site Raises Questions About EPA Plan

New groundwater monitoring data from a high-profile Superfund site with radioactive contamination appears to show migration of the contamination, potentially giving weight to environmentalists' calls for a more comprehensive cleanup plan although EPA Region VII continues to emphasize the buried waste poses no current threat to public health and safety.

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Environmentalists Appeal Failed Efforts To Limit Use Of Lead Ammunition

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has filed appeals in two federal circuits as part of its continuing push to compel federal agencies, including EPA, to restrict the use of lead bullets, contesting district court dismissals of two cases on procedural grounds rather than on the merits.

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Camp Lejeune TCE Findings May Prompt New Drinking Water Policies

Authors of a federal epidemiological study say they found links between exposure to contaminated drinking water, particularly trichloroethylene (TCE), and birth defects at a Marine Corps base and that the findings may be used to guide future regulations on drinking water contaminants, but one outside risk assessor is disputing that the study actually shows such a link to TCE.

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States Show Initial Support For ASTM 'Greener Cleanup' Standard

State regulators are beginning to encourage the use of a just-released private-sector voluntary "greener cleanup" standard aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of remediation projects across the spectrum of state and EPA cleanup programs through the use of best management practices (BMPs) -- ahead of an expected endorsement by EPA.

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Congress' Budget Pact May Help EPA Prospects For FY14 Funding Boost

The tentative House-Senate two-year budget deal could help prospects for boosting EPA's fiscal year 2014 funding slightly over its existing $8.4 billion level, because the agreement would increase non-defense discretionary spending -- from which the agency's funds are drawn -- by more than $22 billion over existing funding levels.

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Echoing Water Sector, EPA Seeks Overhaul Of NIST's Cybersecurity Guide

EPA is urging the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to drop a controversial implementation concept from its preliminary cybersecurity framework and tighten its description of recommended functions, generally echoing a water industry critique that the proposed plan is vague and difficult to follow.

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Seeing Opportunity, ACC Seeks House Vote On TSCA Reform Bill In 2014

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is pressing House lawmakers to bring legislation reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the floor for a vote in 2014, saying the group believes there is an "opportunity" to get a bill enacted before next November's election, though some warn there is only a narrow window for lawmakers to act.

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Industry Fears Novel EPA Analysis Of Dermal Risks Will Drive PAH Cleanups

A host of major industry groups is pressing EPA to re-do the risk estimates in its draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of benzo(a)pyrene (BaP), the index chemical EPA is using to measure risks of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and to "abandon" its effort to create a first-time dermal risk estimate, arguing that it would lead to a "staggering" increase in the number and scale of contaminated site cleanups.

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Divided Court Weighs Reach Of Water Act's 'Shield' For General Permits

A divided appellate panel is weighing arguments in a closely watched case that could narrow the “permit shield” that protects dischargers from citizen suits when they operate under a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit, but the judges reviewing the suit appeared split during oral arguments, signaling the possibility of further appeals.

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Communities Blast Rule Limiting DOE Post-Transfer Cleanup Guarantees

A national group representing local governments in communities surrounding Energy Department (DOE) facilities is panning a new land transfer rule that the group says narrows the indemnification for communities that acquire DOE land when contamination is discovered on the site post-transfer and the community is sued by a third party.

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