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Group Seeks Stronger Oversight At Hanford After EPA Criticizes State Action

An environmental group is calling on Washington state regulators to strengthen their oversight of the Energy Department's (DOE) Hanford nuclear waste cleanup site, after releasing a recent EPA Region X audit that in part found significant lapses in inspections the state was supposed to conduct at the massive complex.

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Facing Legal Concern, Vitter Seeks To Clarify TSCA Bill's Tort Preemption

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has developed language to clarify a provision in the bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill that some lawyers and others have charged limits the ability of private plaintiffs to bring toxic tort claims in state courts for harms caused by chemicals that EPA has deemed to be safe.

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EPA's New Analysis Of Endogenous Methanol Fails To Win Experts' Backing

Experts reviewing the agency's draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of methanol are seeking further review of the difference between EPA's proposed reference levels and natural methanol levels in the body, suggesting they are still concerned the agency's proposed levels are too conservative.

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EPA Eyes New E-Waste Definition To Address IG's Management Concerns

EPA is vowing to craft a new single definition of electronic waste (e-waste) and evaluate its e-waste recycling and disposal programs to improve its management of the waste following a critical Inspector General (IG) report, but EPA says it lacks data to develop new e-waste testing and also lacks resources to bolster e-waste program enforcement.

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Report Cites State Concerns Over Managing Interim Risks At Munitions Sites

A state waste managers group says states believe that interim risk management (IRM) controls are needed to address explosive risks at a large number of munitions response sites that currently lack such measures, backing development of a national IRM framework that another state forum recommended in January.

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Fearing Costs, OSHA Overlap, Industry Urges EPA To Revise Vapor Guide

The chemical industry and other groups are calling on EPA to follow White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines as it crafts its guide for assessing and mitigating risk created by vapor intrusion from chlorinated solvents, due to its hefty price tag and because it will infringe on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) jurisdiction.

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DOD Seeks 'Credible' EPA Plan For Assessing Short-Term Vapor Exposures

The Department of Defense (DOD) is strengthening its push for EPA to follow a "credible and transparent process" for creating risk levels to protect against short-term exposures to toxic chemicals that rise into indoor air through vapor intrusion, and asking the agency to stop calling for immediate action when certain indoor air limits are reached.

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GAO Preparing New Review Of Federal Chemical Risk Assessment Practices

At the request of the House science committee, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is preparing to undertake a new investigation of federal agencies' chemical risk assessment practices, including those of EPA, an effort that could bolster long-standing GOP and industry calls to consolidate the agencies' programs.

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Towns Cite Novel EPA Study Of Cleanup's Costs To Seek Compensation

Several western Massachusetts towns are using a novel EPA-commissioned study of the economic impacts of proposed cleanup activities to call for a compensation package as part of a cleanup plan for the Housatonic River contaminated sediment site.

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EPA Urged To Gather More Commercial Building Data For Lead Paint Rule

Industry and public health advocates say EPA needs to collect additional exposure and other data to support its effort to determine whether repairs and renovations on commercial and public buildings pose a sufficient hazard from lead-based paint to warrant regulation, but the two sides are at odds over how the agency should proceed.

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