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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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EPA EYES STRICTER PESTICIDE RISK REVIEWS TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY

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

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

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COMPOSTERS SEEK ADDITIONAL CONTROLS IN DPR CLOPYRALID REGULATIONS

California composters are asking the pesticides department to go further with a rule designed to protect compost from the persistent herbicide clopyralid, which they claim continues to pose a threat to their industry. However, one pesticide dealer says the regulation is already overly burdensome and will likely reduce clopyralid sales.

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INDUSTRY PRESSES OEHHA FOR PROP. 65 EXPOSURE QUANTIFICATION METHOD

Industry lawyers who are seeking Proposition 65 relief for fishing tackle lead warnings say the health hazard office must provide a clear procedure for quantifying exposure or the law may further exacerbate the filing of frivolous lawsuits. The office, in response, recently announced it will consider the industry's petition for a safe-use determination (SUD) for fishing tackle, which may provide the guidance being sought by the industry.

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