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Environmentalists Raise Concern Over Wide Impact Of Class-Action Bill

A major coalition of environmental groups is raising concerns that a class-action reform bill would have an "overreaching" impact on pollution lawsuits that are not filed as class-action suits. The legislation has bipartisan support in the Senate, as well as backing by the Bush administration, and is generally seen as on a fast-track for a Senate floor vote possibly within days.

Environmentalists say they have had discussions with lawmakers about a possible amendment that would exempt environmental lawsuits from the legislation, but offer no details about the talks.

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Epidemiology Study Key To Environmental Analysis Of Missile Defense Radar

Air Force officials are awaiting the results of an ongoing epidemiological study on possible health effects from a radar system that is expected to play a significant role in development of a national missile defense system, Air Force sources say. The study represents a final component of the Air Force's ongoing analysis of the radar system's environmental impacts, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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EPA Official Disputes Army Corps Claims About Pesticide Cleanup Exemption

The Army Corps of Engineers says it is legally exempt from having to remediate a highly toxic pesticide called chlordane -- banned since 1988 -- that is present at dozens of contaminated military sites around the country. But an EPA official is disputing the Corps' arguments -- detailed in a guidance released last year -- saying the military is misconstruing federal cleanup laws. In a Sept.

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OMB REPORTEDLY SEEKS ALTERNATIVE RISK ESTIMATES IN EPA CANCER GUIDE

White House regulatory officials are reportedly seeking to include language in EPA's long-awaited revisions to its cancer risk assessment guidelines that would require the agency to present chemical safety estimates to protect a smaller percentage of the general population alongside its more conventional estimates.

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ARMY CORPS CLAIMS EXEMPTION FROM REMEDIATING BANNED PESTICIDE

The Army Corps of Engineers says it is legally exempt from having to remediate a highly toxic pesticide called chlordane -- banned since 1988 -- that is present at dozens of contaminated military sites around the country.

But an EPA official is disputing the Corps' arguments -- detailed in a guidance released last year -- saying the military is misconstruing federal cleanup laws.

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EPIDEMIOLOGY STUDY MAY PLAY KEY ROLE IN FUTURE OF DEFENSE SYSTEM

Air Force officials are awaiting results of an ongoing epidemiological study of possible health effects from a radar system that is expected to play a significant role in determining the environmental impacts caused by a key component of the national missile defense system, Air Force sources say.

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EPA EYES STRICTER PESTICIDE RISK REVIEWS TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY

An EPA task force investigating the effectiveness of federal pesticide law in protecting waterbodies is drafting a report that could recommend the agency tighten its pesticide risk assessment process to better protect water quality, agency sources say.

"We're looking to see if the risk assessment needs to be improved," one EPA source says.

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Court Ruling May Limit Use Of Synthetic Chemicals By Organic Food Producers

A recent federal appellate ruling will limit the amount of synthetic chemicals that food producers can use to be labeled "organic" under regulations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to environmentalists.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Jan. 26 in Arthur Harvey v. Veneman that several provisions of USDA's rules implementing the Organic Foods Protection Act (OFPA) exceed the department's authority.

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EPA EYES STRICTER PESTICIDE RISK REVIEWS TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY

An EPA task force investigating the effectiveness of federal pesticide law in protecting waterbodies is drafting a report that could recommend the agency tighten its pesticide risk assessment process to better protect water quality, agency sources say.

"We're looking to see if the risk assessment needs to be improved," one EPA source says.

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OMB REPORTEDLY SEEKS ALTERNATIVE RISK ESTIMATES IN EPA CANCER GUIDE

White House regulatory officials are reportedly seeking to include language in EPA's long-awaited revisions to its cancer risk assessment guidelines that would require the agency to present chemical safety estimates to protect a smaller percentage of the general population alongside its more conventional estimates.

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