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OMB Eyes Making Costs To Industry New Measure Of EPA Performance

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may require EPA and other federal agencies to measure the effectiveness of their programs by considering the cost to industry of implementing regulations, an EPA source says.

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EPA Waste Staff Question Region III Cleanup Decision For New Agency Office

EPA waste office staff are raising concerns that arsenic levels at a site where their new offices are being constructed far exceed levels that under some agency requirements would warrant further investigation, despite Region III having approved a cleanup there, according to internal agency e-mails obtained by Inside EPA.

According to the e-mails sent to waste office personnel, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) officials are warning that staff may want to avoid sending their children to a daycare center that may be planned for the site.

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EPA TO APPROVE MAJOR WASTE RISK TOOL DESPITE INDUSTRY CONCERNS

EPA is close to approving use of an ambitious multimedia risk assessment tool that will likely ease waste disposal requirements after more than a decade in development, but some industry officials say they still have doubts about its reliability.

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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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MERCURY STUDY COULD BOOST EFFORTS TO IMPLEMENT EPA FISH TISSUE CRITERION

A new EPA-backed study showing increased effectiveness of state mercury control programs that assess mercury based on fish tissue levels rather than the amount in the water column could boost efforts to implement the agency's 2001 fish tissue-based water quality criterion, sources familiar with the study say.

EPA and several New England states will soon publish the study indicating that state water quality programs to control mercury are more effective when they measure mercury levels in fish tissue rather than the total amount of the pollutant found in a waterbody.

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OTHER STATES UNLIKELY TO FOLLOW NEW JERSEY WITH STRICTER ARSENIC LEVEL

Other states are unlikely to follow New Jersey's lead in setting drinking water standards for arsenic that are more stringent than the federal level, according to state drinking water sources.

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Senate Environment Chairman Seeks Delay In EPA's Formaldehyde Risk Review

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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EPA Expands DuPont Complaint After New Data On C-8 Blood Levels

EPA is adding an allegation to an ongoing enforcement action against DuPont, saying the company violated a federal toxics law by failing to report new findings of elevated blood levels of the chemical C-8 in residents living near a company plant.

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EPA DELAYS DEREGULATING POPULAR CHEMICAL BASED ON CANCER RISK DATA

EPA air officials have postponed the planned deregulation of a widely used solvent because of recent data on what they say is a closely related chemical that raises cancer risk concerns. But a chemical industry source says the substances are different enough to merit separate risk evaluations.

Sources say the information prompted EPA air officials to hold off on including methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) in a group of seven other air toxins that the agency delisted from regulatory requirements on Nov. 18, after other EPA program offices raised concerns.

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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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