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SAB REVIEW OF ARSENIC STUDY MAY FORCE CHANGES TO EPA STANDARDS

EPA science advisers are questioning data the agency relied on when developing the risk assessment supporting its strict drinking water standard for arsenic due to take effect next year -- which could undermine the drinking water regulations, product safety requirements and cleanup targets at hazardous waste sites.

The development could also boost arguments by a slew of industry sectors -- including mining, pesticide, wood treatment and others -- that there are "safe" levels of arsenic exposure that warrant relaxed cancer estimates.

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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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SENATORS CONTINUE PRESSURE TO FULLY FUND ACWA IN FUTURE YEARS

Senators from Kentucky and Colorado are maintaining pressure on DOD to fully fund the alternative chemical weapons destruction program, and not revert back to an earlier policy that effectively put the program in "caretaker status."

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STATES PUSH 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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ENVIRONMENTALISTS QUESTION EPA REVIEW OF RISK-BASED AIR TOXICS RULE

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is warning that EPA must initiate a new air toxics rulemaking process because the agency's administrative reconsideration of its controversial risk-based exemptions for industrial boilers and process heaters unlawfully broadens the universe of emissions sources eligible for the waiver. The opposition comes as the Defense Department and industry are embracing the exemptions approach.

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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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PROPOSED PACT IN LANDMARK UXO CASE SIDESTEPS POST-AVIALL PRECEDENT

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A just-proposed settlement between a Colorado developer and the Defense Department avoids setting an important precedent allowing private parties to pursue cost recovery actions under an alternative Superfund mechanism -- a critical issue since the Supreme Court narrowed litigation rights in its landmark Aviall ruling.

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UTILITIES CITE STUDY SHOWING FEW DBP RISKS TO BACK PENDING EPA RULE

Drinking water industry officials say a new study partially funded by EPA that finds fewer risks from disinfection byproducts (DBPs) than previous reports will help them justify a pending DBP regulation that environmentalists have opposed because they believe it encourages the use of chlorine.

The final agency rule, which is expected by early next year, addresses how utilities must treat DBPs to prevent miscarriages in pregnant women and other public health risks.

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SAB REVIEW OF ARSENIC STUDY MAY FORCE CHANGES TO EPA STANDARDS

EPA science advisers are questioning data the agency relied on when developing the risk assessment supporting its strict drinking water standard for arsenic due to take effect next year -- which could undermine the drinking water regulations, product safety requirements and cleanup targets at hazardous waste sites.

The development could also boost arguments by a slew of industry sectors -- including mining, pesticide, wood treatment and others -- that there are "safe" levels of arsenic exposure that warrant relaxed cancer estimates.

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