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Wastewater Industry Urges EPA To Consider Aquatic Life In Pesticide Reviews

The wastewater treatment industry is urging EPA to more carefully consider the aquatic life impacts of pesticides during their re-registration to ensure the compounds do not cause publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) to violate water quality standards for toxicity, industry sources say.

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Administration Plan To Remove Hazmat Labels Draws Broad Criticism

Federal transportation safety officials, states, labor unions and industry associations are warning that a Bush administration proposal to remove hazardous materials labels from rail shipments to help reduce terrorist attacks would increase risks to first responders, according to recent comments from the groups.

The groups are criticizing a joint proposal from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued earlier this year to enhance rail transportation security for toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) materials.

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EPA To Revise Categories Used To Assess Children's Exposure To Chemicals

EPA will soon propose changes to the categories it uses in determining children's exposure to high-production chemicals, according to industry and agency sources.

The changes are part of a legal agreement reached last month with chemical makers to resolve a lawsuit challenging the agency's Inventory Update Rule (IUR), which requires manufacturers to report a range of data on chemicals produced annually in volumes of 25,000 pounds or more, as long as the information is "readily available."

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EPA Tightens Conflict-Of-Interest Rules After Concerns On Ground Zero Panel

EPA is tightening its scientific peer review policies to reduce potential conflicts of interest and bias among panelists following an investigation by its inspector general highlighting weak procedures for reviewing the formation of the agency's panel on EPA's Ground Zero risk assessment effort.

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EPA Tightens Conflict-Of-Interest Rules After Concerns On Ground Zero Panel

EPA is tightening its scientific peer review policies to reduce potential conflicts of interest and bias among panelists following an investigation by its inspector general highlighting weak procedures for reviewing the formation of the agency's panel on EPA's Ground Zero risk assessment effort.

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BASEL CONVENTION RULES TOXIC VESSELS ARE SUBJECT TO TREATY LIMITS

International participants in a treaty that limits hazardous waste exports are proceeding with plans to regulate contaminated ships under the treaty, which environmentalists say will further discourage developing nations' plans to scrap the vessels abroad.

The move -- which occurred over U.S. objections -- comes as the U.S. government is struggling with its efforts to ship former naval vessels abroad for scrapping, which has been tied up in federal court for more than a year.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS QUESTION EPA STUDY ON STREAMLINING TRI REPORTING

An EPA analysis on streamlining reporting requirements on the use and release of lead and other persistent toxins is drawing criticism from environmentalists, who say the agency is relying on exaggerated industry estimates of reporting burdens that exclude previous burden reduction efforts.

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RESEARCH CHIEF RESIGNATION MARKS FIRST DEPARTURE IN EXPECTED EXODUS

EPA research chief Paul Gilman is the first of numerous political appointees expected to leave the agency following President Bush's reelection to a second term, after many of the appointees postponed their departures until after the election, agency and other sources say.

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RELEASE OF CALIFORNIA PERCHLORATE PLAN MAY HINDER INDUSTRY EFFORTS

The California health department's inadvertent posting of an internal draft drinking water standard for perchlorate could hinder industry efforts to weaken the the 6-parts-per-billion (ppb) level set in the draft rule, environmentalists and a state water agency source say.

The department's draft standard is weaker than the 1-ppb standard EPA has suggested but is still significantly stricter than levels around 200 ppb the Defense Department (DOD) and some industry officials favor.

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INDUSTRY GRIPES FAIL TO SLOW PROP. 65 PRIORITIZATION CHANGES

Despite a new round of criticism from industry organizations over proposed changes to the Proposition 65 chemical prioritization process, the health hazard assessment office plan was favorably reviewed this week by state scientific experts. The changes, which are expected to soon become effective, essentially intend to bring for listing consideration more hazardous chemicals with a higher incidence of exposure to Californians.

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