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JUDGE'S REJECTION OF DATA QUALITY SUIT SEEN AS SETBACK FOR INDUSTRY

A ruling rejecting an industry suit seeking federal court review of the data EPA and other agencies use to make decisions is being viewed as a setback by industry officials, who hoped it would set a precedent allowing courts to review agencies' data decisions.

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INHOFE PUSH TO SLOW EPA FORMALDEHYDE STUDY PROMPTS MACT RULE FEARS

Senate environment committee chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) is urging EPA to delay revising its risk estimates for formaldehyde, a key chemical emission from plywood manufacturing facilities and natural gas turbines, until federal researchers complete a pending study on the chemical in about 18 months.

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HIGH COURT DENIES CHEMICAL MAKER'S PETITION; DTSC OWED $1.2 MILLION

A major chemical company must pay the toxics department $1.2 million in oversight costs incurred through a Los Angeles County site cleanup, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the company's petition of a lower court ruling. The court's decision essentially upholds and clarifies existing law with regard to statute of limitations provisions contained in the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA), or Superfund law, according to the department.

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CAL/EPA, DHS AIM TO FINISH HEALTH TRACKING MOU BY YEAR'S END

Cal/EPA, the health department and the University of California aim to complete by year's end an overdue memorandum of understanding (MOU) on sharing environmental health data, according to a department spokesman. The MOU is intended to help set the groundwork for improved environmental health tracking efforts, which the state has made some progress on but still has a ways to go, a health hazard assessment official said this week.

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METHYL BROMIDE SUIT LIKELY TO CHARGE INSUFFICIENT OEHHA INPUT

Environmentalists are crafting a legal challenge against the pesticides department over its newly issued methyl bromide rules, arguing that the department failed to adequately consult the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment when promulgating the regulations. The case could have impacts beyond the methyl bromide rules because the suit alleges the department must not only seek OEHHA's input on health-related regulations, but is required to follow that advice as well.

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House GOP Stymied In Push For Environmental Waivers In 9/11 Bill

Key House Republicans have failed to include in the stalled intelligence reform bill a provision that would allow the construction of a federal immigration barrier to proceed without having to comply with a host of environmental laws, according to Senate Republican sources.

But House GOP sources say the environmental-waiver provision is not dead and could re-emerge during the next month, or early next year, as lawmakers and the Bush administration continue negotiations on the intelligence reform bill.

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Expert Panel On Gulf War Illness Questions EPA Pesticide Reviews

Members of a federal panel looking into ailments suffered by veterans of the first Persian Gulf War say EPA may have overlooked a serious health threat from a class of pesticides currently under review at the agency.

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White House Plans New Report Showing Progress On Dioxin

A White House science official in a surprise move announced plans to release a report on dioxin in an apparent attempt to show administration progress on monitoring and controlling for the highly controversial pollutant. But the move has already drawn protests from environmentalists who say development of the report will likely further delay release of EPA's dioxin risk review, which has been 13 years in the making.

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JUDGE'S REJECTION OF DATA QUALITY SUIT SEEN AS 'SETBACK' FOR INDUSTRY

A judge's rejection of an industry suit seeking federal court review of the data EPA and other agencies use to make decisions is being viewed as a setback for industry officials who hoped the decision would set a precedent allowing courts to review agencies' data decisions.

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SENATE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO LOSE CHEMICAL SECURITY JURISDICTION

The Senate Environment & 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 in the next Congress.

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