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EPA Eyes Revised Screening Method To Narrow High-Production Chemical Testing

An EPA-convened panel has proposed using a hazard-based international standard for screening the most produced chemicals that would flag fewer of the substances for further review than another method that had been under consideration.

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EPA Water And Pesticide Offices Fight Over New Arsenic Risk Value

EPA water officials are raising concerns over an effort by the agency's pesticide office to adopt a less stringent risk assessment value for arsenic that is based on new studies showing the chemical is less toxic to animals, while downplaying competing studies on the substance's toxicity to humans, according to EPA and industry officials.

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INDUSTRY FACES TOUGH CHOICE ON METHYL BROMIDE ALLOCATION OPTIONS

Agriculture industry officials are facing tough choices in endorsing an approach for EPA to allocate limited quantities of the pesticide methyl bromide in 2005 because any system EPA adopts could also affect availability in future years, when access to alternative pesticides and other critical conditions may change.

The issue is also important to EPA because it may inform how large an exemption to seek from international and domestic limits on the pesticide in 2006 and 2007.

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Key Senators, Environmentalists Attack Exemption In EPA Air Toxic Rules

Environmentalists and two prominent senators are challenging the Bush administration's landmark air toxics rules for plywood producers and industrial boilers, fearing they set a dangerous precedent for excluding facilities from Clean Air Act requirements by downplaying the risks posed by ambient pollutants and emission sources "co-located" at a facility.

These critics warn if the rules stand, industries could petition EPA to apply the agency's new risk-based methodology to existing rules and overhaul the agency's air toxics program.

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EU Seeks Consensus On Economic Impact Of Chemical Testing Program

The European Union is taking steps to clarify an array of economic projections for its controversial chemical-registration program, just as a key EU politician is promising broad reforms to the proposal if it threatens industry competitiveness.

The cost of the initiative -- termed Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) -- has long been disputed, muddled by a series of economic impact studies drawing widely divergent conclusions.

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EPA PROGRAM OFFICES RAISE CONCERNS OVER ORD CHEMICAL RISK REVIEWS

EPA program offices are raising concerns that Office of Research & Development (ORD) managers are ignoring their call to adequately involve program offices in developing chemical risk assessments for the agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database, sources say.

The dispute could result in "delayed chemical reviews and internal strife" if the program offices and ORD do not agree on how to review new risk assessments, one program office source says. "These assessments are supposed to be agency products," the source says.

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HOUSE VOTE ON POPS BILL UNLIKELY AFTER WHITE HOUSE DECLINES SUPPORT

House Republicans will likely have to abandon plans for a committee vote on legislation to implement a treaty banning persistent organic pollutants (POPs) after the White House declined to provide the GOP a letter it was seeking on the need for the legislation, congressional, EPA and industry sources say.

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GOVERNMENT RECHARGING EFFORT TO MEET CHEMICAL REDUCTION DEADLINE

A federal interagency work group is aiming to develop guidance by Jan. 1 that will aid federal agencies in implementing a plan to reduce certain uses of five priority toxic chemicals by 50 percent within one year. The reductions would attempt to fulfill requirements under an executive order signed by then-President Clinton in 2000.

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DOD, CAL/EPA AGREE TO PROTOCOL TO PRIORITIZE PERCHLORATE SAMPLING

The Defense Department and California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) have reached agreement on a protocol for prioritizing perchlorate sampling at DOD facilities throughout California, the state and DOD say. The protocol is the first of its kind in the country and stems from a federal-state work group formed in 2003 to further address military-caused perchlorate contamination in the state.

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SCHWARZENEGGER NAMES STATE OFFICIAL TO TOP TOXICS AGENCY POST

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has officially appointed B.B. Blevins as director of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) toxics department, where he has been serving as acting director since Ed Lowry stepped down from the post after learning that the governor was looking to replace him. Blevins' appointment was expected by stakeholders, one of whom described him as "reasonable, thoughtful and experienced."

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