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EPA To Issue Interim Policy On Accepting Human Toxicity Testing Data

Within a matter of months, EPA will release a statement outlining its interim policy on accepting testing on humans to determine pesticide toxicity, which will define its approach while it works on a rulemaking to resolve the controversial issue.

Crafting the interim guidance is a "very high priority" for the agency's Office of Pesticides Programs (OPP) and could be in force for years, said senior policy adviser William Jordan at an agency conference Oct. 21. It should be ready "within months," he also said.

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Senator Tells EPA To Accept Company's Data Challenge To Ozone Plans

Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich is urging EPA to accept a data quality challenge to several state ozone reduction plans made by a paint company in his home state, in a fight that could shape how the controversial Information Quality Act applies to state regulations.

The senator is asking the agency to "review the sufficiency of data" that were used to call for the emission cuts, which the company criticizes as too steep.

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EPA SAYS INDUSTRY CANNOT USE PACT WAIVING TSCA REPORTS IN C-8 CASE

EPA says DuPont cannot be excused for failing to report key findings about the environmental risks of the widely used chemical C-8 because the findings predate an agreement with the agency waiving some reporting requirements, according to agency legal filings.

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FORTHCOMING EPA METALS RISK ASSESSMENT PLAN LIKELY TO AID INDUSTRY

EPA is poised to release a long-awaited draft version of its new framework for metals risk assessment, which is expected to favor a methodology that will allow industry to push for relaxed reporting requirements, industry sources say.

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FEDERAL STUDY BACKS CONTROVERSIAL EPA APPROACH TO DIOXIN MIXTURES

EPA scientists say a major new federally funded study on dioxin and related compounds confirms the agency's risk assessment approach to mixtures of the chemicals and boosts its controversial dioxin report just as the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is beginning a critical review of the document.

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Industry Raises Data Quality Concerns Over 'Residual Risk' Air Rule

Industry groups are questioning the scientific analyses EPA used in proposing its first "residual risk" air toxics standard, saying the agency may have violated data guidelines under the Information Quality Act. The proposed rule addresses air emissions from coke oven batteries, and could set a precedent for the way EPA develops similar requirements for a host of major industries.

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FORTHCOMING EPA METALS RISK ASSESSMENT PLAN LIKELY TO AID INDUSTRY

EPA is poised to release a long-awaited draft version of its new framework for metals risk assessment, which is expected to favor a methodology that will allow industry to push for relaxed reporting requirements, industry sources say.

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FEDERAL STUDY BACKS CONTROVERSIAL EPA APPROACH TO DIOXIN MIXTURES

EPA scientists say a major new federally funded study on dioxin and related compounds confirms the agency's risk assessment approach to mixtures of the chemicals and boosts its controversial dioxin report just as the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is beginning a critical review of the document.

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EPA Details Implementation Plan For Land-Use Restrictions At Superfund Sites

In anticipation of an independent audit, EPA has issued a new strategy for implementing land-use controls at Superfund sites that will address in part concerns that the agency has failed to adequately monitor restrictions on the future of use of sites that have been removed from the National Priorities List (NPL), EPA sources say.

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Cleanup Delays Prompt Democratic Calls For Renewed Superfund Tax

EPA's recent acknowledgment that it was unable to start cleanups at 34 Superfund projects in fiscal year 2004 has renewed Democratic criticism of the Bush administration for not supporting renewal of an industry tax that had funded the waste cleanup program. In separate letters to Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), EPA's acting waste chief Thomas P. Dunne says the agency initiated cleanup action at 27 Superfund projects nationwide during last fiscal year.

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