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Northeast States, Activists Sue EPA Over Pesticide Exposure To Children

Four Northeast states and several activist groups have filed two separate lawsuits against EPA, charging that the agency has failed to adequately protect infants and children from pesticides in food.

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Series Of Petitions Lay Out Widespread Allegations Against EPA Pesticide Reviews

Environmentalists will likely file additional petitions challenging EPA's setting of pesticide tolerances for food, adding to a series of objections already brought by activists that together lay out widespread allegations against the agency that sources say could wind up in court.

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NIEHS To Fund Research Into Links Between Pesticides And Parkinson's Disease

The federal government plans to fund a series of centers that will study the connections between Parkinson's disease and exposure to pesticides, in the wake of a growing body of scientific literature suggesting that a link exists, according to a source at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The source says EPA could ultimately use the results of the study to craft regulations on pesticide use.

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EPA May Sidestep Senator's Request For Technical Review Of Toxics Treaty Bill

EPA may sidestep a request from Senate environment panel chair James Jeffords (I-VT) for a technical review of international toxics treaty implementing language he has sponsored, with the White House opposing the language even though it was previously supported by EPA.

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EPA May Sidestep Senator's Request For Technical Review Of Toxics Treaty Bill

EPA may sidestep a request from Senate environment panel chair James Jeffords (I-VT) for a technical review of language he has sponsored implementing an international toxics treaty, with the White House opposing the language even though it was previously supported by EPA.

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EPA, Activists Ink Proposed Pact To Speed Air Toxics Permit Deadlines

EPA and the Sierra Club have reached a proposed legal settlement that will require many industries to submit permit applications to regulators developing air toxics standards one year earlier than EPA had originally intended.The proposed settlement, which requires EPA to propose the deadline changes in an upcoming rulemaking, could also make it easier for activists to obtain information about facilities by requiring plant owners to immediately submit already required air quality plans to EPA in the event of

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Activists Sue Over Prop 65 Chemical Threshold

A pair of environmental and consumer groups with a history of suing companies under California's toxics labeling law, Proposition 65, has sued the state's health hazard assessment office to overturn a recently-adopted reproductive toxicity exposure limit for cadmium. The lawsuit may affect dozens of pending legal proceedings over cadmium exposure, as well as future litigation.

The activists contend the proposed cadmium threshold is much too high and that the compound is a serious danger to human health in very small doses.

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International Nano Notions

Don't expect an international framework convention on nanotechnology anytime soon, but it's coming eventually. That's the bottom line message from an expert panel convened April 11 at an Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference in Washington, D.C.

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