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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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