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DPR AUDIT FINDS LONG'S AVOIDED MILL FEE ON THOUSANDS OF PRODUCTS

A pesticides department audit has revealed a California drug store chain has avoided paying a legally required fee on thousands of pesticide product sales, which the department estimates has led to $4 million in lost revenue for the regulatory agency. The Department of Pesticide Regulation will now begin "talks" with other "big-box" retailers to determine the extent of noncompliance with the state's mill assessment.

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Administration Eyes List Of Candidates To Replace EPA Science Chief

The Bush administration is considering a preliminary list of candidates to replace outgoing EPA research chief Paul Gilman, agency sources say.

Any nominee selected to head EPA's research office will face critical decisions on a series of major chemical risk disputes with broad regulatory implications during his or her tenure, agency sources and other observers say, including determinations on the risks posed by dioxin, mercury, perchlorate, formaldehyde, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and trichloroethylene (TCE).

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U.S. Weighs Delaying Methyl Bromide Phase-Out By Trimming Halon Supplies

The Bush administration is evaluating a plan to slow the phase-out of the controversial pesticide methyl bromide by destroying stockpiles of the ozone-depleting fire suppressant halon, a plan that proponents say could offset any harm from continued use of the pesticide, according to government and other sources.

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Pentagon Readies Studies On Targeting Sources Of Perchlorate Pollution

The Defense Department is preparing to start funding a series of studies aimed at identifying the growing range of non-military sources of perchlorate, which could help limit the military's cleanup liability of the ubiquitous contaminant.

Some researchers are also working to distinguish between manmade and naturally occurring forms of the widespread groundwater contaminant, and to understand how the chemical forms under natural conditions.

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Industry Asks OMB To Allow Increased Input On Pesticide Data Rule

The pesticide industry met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last month seeking increased participation in the development of forthcoming EPA revisions to requirements for data that underlie decisions on pesticide registrations, according to an industry source.

"To a certain extent, federal agencies have to maintain the process closed [when drafting rules] but we are hoping to provide the agency with our experience with the studies" that must be sent to EPA to support pesticide registration decisions, the industry source says.

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EPA Eyes First Rules For High-Volume Chemicals Based On New Data

EPA has laid out a major expansion of its effort to compile toxicity data on high-volume chemicals -- announcing plans for more test rules and opening the door to including more chemicals in the program -- while signaling a shift toward developing first-time regulations based on information gathered by the program, according to sources involved in the effort.

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EPA Science Panel Backs Software That May Sharpen Risk Reviews

EPA science advisors have given their preliminary blessing to software for gauging pesticide exposure whose designers as well as agency and industry sources claim has the potential to revamp exposure assessments for any number of chemical toxins by eliminating the need for safety factors.

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Lack Of Study Funds May Clear The Way For Widely Used Pesticide

Industry research used to justify an updated EPA risk assessment for the widely used pesticide dimethoate has drawn skepticism at a meeting of the agency's Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP), but neither industry nor EPA is willing to fund further studies, prompting observers at the meeting to predict that the proposed risk assessment will escape major revisions.

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EPA Eyes First Rules For High-Volume Chemicals Based On New Data

EPA has laid out a major expansion of its effort to compile toxicity data on high-volume chemicals -- announcing plans for more test rules and opening the door to including more chemicals in the program -- while signaling a shift toward developing first-time regulations based on information gathered by the program, according to sources involved in the effort.

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Pentagon Readies Studies On Targeting Sources Of Perchlorate Pollution

The Defense Department is preparing to start funding a series of studies aimed at identifying the growing range of non-military sources of perchlorate, which could help limit the military's cleanup liability of the ubiquitous contaminant.

Some researchers are also working to distinguish between manmade and naturally occurring forms of the widespread groundwater contaminant, and to understand how the chemical forms under natural conditions.

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