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DISPUTE OVER LOWRY CLEANUP OVERSIGHT COSTS DELAYS ASBESTOS STUDY

A dispute over the costs Colorado officials are charging the military for cleanup oversight of a BRAC base, which could embroil Gov. Bill Owens (R) and the Air Force's acting secretary, is delaying work on a controversial asbestos risk assessment the service wants to use as a national model for asbestos cleanups, sources say.

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INDUSTRY ATTACK ON NIH DATA MAY UNDERMINE EPA NAPHTHALENE REVIEW

A pending information quality challenge brought by industry against a National Institutes of Health (NIH) cancer rating for naphthalene may undermine an EPA plan to classify the widely used chemical as a "likely" carcinogen, and thereby sharply reduce new cleanup liability and safety standards for the military and industry.

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STATES PUSHING EPA TO SLOW DECISION ON MAJOR OVERHAUL OF VOC POLICY

State officials are urging EPA to delay announcing its recent decision to initiate a rulemaking for overhauling the way it regulates ozone-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), charging that EPA developed the proposal after consulting mainly with industry groups.

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FAILED TALKS PROMPT EPA, INDUSTRY TO START DUAL TESTS ON KEY C-8 SOURCE

EPA and industry officials are moving forward with separate testing programs on what experts say could identify the main source of human exposure to C-8, a potentially toxic chemical used to make common consumer products, after the officials failed to agree on a testing program late last year.

The failed talks focused on a testing program investigating exposure to C-8 resulting from biodegradation of related chemical compounds, known as telomers, which many experts believe are the main exposure source for humans.

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EPA EYES NEW RISK APPROACH TO ADDRESS FACILITIES' AIR TOXICS EMISSIONS

EPA may craft a new rule that would overhaul its air toxics program by requiring individual pollution reduction plans for facilities that pose a high risk to public health, and exempting low-risk facilities from compliance with any future standards.

The rule could replace a host of pending standards under the agency's "residual risk" program, which sets air toxics requirements for industrial sources that still pose a health risk after the agency issues maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rules for the sources.

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DOE ROLE IN ENERGY LAW AIR TOXICS STUDY DRAWS WIDESPREAD SKEPTICISM

Environmentalists and industry sources claim a new study the energy law requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct on the health effects of refinery air toxics may have little value, because DOE has little experience in the area compared to EPA.

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ORD NOMINEE MAY FACE INQUIRY ON WHITE HOUSE ROLE IN EPA TOXICS REVIEWS

The Bush administration's nominee to head EPA's research office will likely face questions from Senate Democrats over his past support for a strong White House role in reviewing agency risk assessments.

The nominee, George Gray of Harvard University, has publicly supported handing White House agencies, such as the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), a central responsibility in selecting review panelists and ensuring that agencies implement their recommendations.

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INHOFE THREATENS CONFIRMATION FLAP OVER NAPHTHALENE RISK REVIEW

Senate environment committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) is urging EPA to reconsider classifying the widely used chemical naphthalene as a "likely" carcinogen, saying he will question the science behind this and other recent agency toxics decisions during the upcoming confirmation hearing for the nominee to head the agency's research and development office.

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OEHHA SEES FALL RELEASE OF LONG-AWAITED CHROME VI HEALTH GOAL

The health hazard office says it aims to set in the fall a long-awaiting drinking water public health goal (PHG) for the controversial contaminant chromium VI. The new goal is expected to lead to a more stringent drinking water and site cleanup standard set by the state health department.

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DPR MANIPULATED VOC EMISSIONS DATA, ACTIVISTS CLAIM IN NEW FILING

The pesticides department manipulated data to lessen its obligation to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, according to a new claim by environmentalists and community groups in an ongoing lawsuit. The case is significant because the department could be required to draft and enforce new regulations on pesticide users in some regions to reduce the ozone-forming compounds.

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