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EPA TO REQUIRE MORE INDUSTRY TESTING OF HIGH-VOLUME CHEMICALS

EPA this month is expected to announce additional industry testing requirements for widely used chemicals for which basic toxicity data are unavailable, as part of a landmark agreement between the agency and industry to study the potential health effects of the most produced chemicals. At the same time, EPA is planning to unveil early next year a database that will improve public access to such information.

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EPA PROGRAM OFFICES FEAR ORD IS RUSHING KEY CHEMICAL RISK REVIEWS

EPA program offices are raising concerns that Office of Research & Development (ORD) managers are ignoring their call to quickly complete 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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NOAA DATA QUALITY ACT EXEMPTIONS TO BE TAKEN OUT OF SENATE BILL

Senators have decided to remove a provision in the spending bill for the Commerce Department that exempts the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from controversial data quality guidelines that affect EPA and other federal agencies, according to a Senate aide.

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DUPONT FINE BY EPA MAY DISCOURAGE FUTURE INDUSTRY DATA AGREEMENTS

EPA's decision to seek a potentially record-setting fine against DuPont for allegedly failing to report adverse health effects related to the chemical C-8 will make other chemical companies less willing to enter into future agreements with the agency on toxicity reporting, industry attorneys and legal observers say.

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OIL INDUSTRY PUSHING TO RELAX EPA CHEMICAL INVENTORY DATA RULES

Key oil industry groups will push the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) to recommend that EPA scale back rules requiring a broad swath of industry to provide local emergency response personnel information on chemicals stored at their facilities, according to industry representatives.

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SUPERFUND OFFICE WARNS NEW CHILDREN'S TOXICS DATA MAY ALARM PUBLIC

Officials in EPA's Superfund program are raising concerns about new information posted on EPA's website about toxins and children's health, warning that the information could unnecessarily alarm communities that live near contaminated sites, agency sources say.

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HIGH COURT COULD SETTLE SPLIT ON U.S. PREEMPTION OF STATE PESTICIDE LAWS

A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court on whether federal pesticide law prevents farmers from suing manufacturers under state statutes for crop damages resulting from improper pesticide labeling could resolve a lower court split on whether the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) trumps state pesticide labeling laws.

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COLORADO SETS FIRST-TIME WATER STANDARD FOR WIDESPREAD CHEMICAL

Colorado regulators last week established first-time enforceable water quality standards for a widespread chemical contaminant that the Defense Department (DOD) and industry groups are identifying as an emerging concern.

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INDUSTRY ARGUES AGAINST EPA REGULATING METHYL BROMIDE STOCKPILES

Manufacturers, distributors and users of the ozone-depleting chemical methyl bromide are making new claims that EPA does not have the authority to regulate existing stockpiles of the pesticide. The claims, if successful, could allow industry to use volumes of methyl bromide greater than levels the U.S. agreed to in recent international talks, industry and government sources say.

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EPA PROGRAM OFFICES FEAR ORD IS RUSHING KEY CHEMICAL RISK REVIEWS

EPA program offices are raising concerns that Office of Research & Development (ORD) managers are ignoring their call to quickly complete 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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