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INDUSTRY RAISES FURTHER OBJECTIONS OVER EJ PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE

The proposed implementation of the precautionary principle into Cal/EPA's environmental justice (EJ) policy could backfire by delaying the development of life-saving technologies, industry representatives argued this week. But environmental, community and tribal activists contended the concepts being supported by Cal/EPA are much more likely to save lives and further EJ causes.

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Bush Failure To Appeal Wildlife Ruling May Prompt Rules On EPA Consultations

A decision by the Bush administration not to appeal a recent court ruling that the Fish and Wildlife Service has routinely failed to adequately protect the habitat of endangered species will likely result in new regulations with implications for various federal agencies, including EPA, according to government and other sources.

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EPA To Approve Major Waste Risk Tool Despite Industry Concerns

EPA is close to approving use of an ambitious multimedia risk assessment tool that will likely ease waste disposal requirements after more than a decade in development, but some industry officials say they still have doubts about its reliability.

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Lead Cleanup Dispute Raises Unusual Arguments Against EPA Risk Model

A dispute over EPA cleanup levels at a Texas waste site is sparking unusual criticism from labor unions and local environmentalists that the agency's contentious model for setting lead cleanup levels is inadequate.

The model, known as the Integrated Exposure Uptake Biokinetic Model (IEUBK), is routinely criticized by industry groups and Republican lawmakers as resulting in unnecessarily stringent and expensive cleanup levels.

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Senate Environment Committee To Lose Chemical Security Jurisdiction

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is expected to lose jurisdiction next year over legislation requiring security improvements at chemical plants, bringing new lawmakers to the debate and making the fate of the contentious bill uncertain next Congress.

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Environmentalists Cite Unusual Ruling To Speed EPA Air Toxics Rule

Environmentalists are citing a recent federal appeals court's unusually detailed ruling that defines when an agency's timetable for action is unreasonable to urge the court to make EPA promptly set new air toxics standards required by a 2000 court order for cement kilns.

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Litigation Fears May Prompt Revised EPA Reviews Of Pesticide Inerts

EPA pesticide program officials are exploring alternative scientific strategies for reviewing and approving more than 400 inert ingredients in pesticides within the next two years, to avoid a potential lawsuit by environmentalists to enforce a statutory deadline.

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Lead Cleanup Dispute Raises Unusual Arguments Against EPA Risk Model

A dispute over EPA cleanup levels at a Texas waste site is sparking unusual criticism from labor unions and local environmentalists that the agency's contentious model for setting lead cleanup levels is inadequate.

The model, known as the Integrated Exposure Uptake Biokinetic Model (IEUBK), is routinely criticized by industry groups and Republican lawmakers as resulting in unnecessarily stringent and expensive cleanup levels.

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EPA Delay Of Children's Study Cited In Push Against Human Testing Policy

Opponents of pesticide testing on humans say they will use a recent EPA decision delaying a controversial study on children's exposures to pressure the agency to revise an upcoming human testing policy that is expected to allow EPA to accept findings from such studies when setting regulatory limits.

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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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