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States Pushing 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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DOD PLAN MAY CLASH WITH INDUSTRY PUSH FOR QUICKER EPA RISK REVIEWS

Efforts by the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies to secure a greater say in EPA toxics reviews are raising concerns among agency career staff -- and the chemical industry -- who say the push may slow down risk assessments.

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EPA SETTLEMENT DELAYS RELEASE OF MOBILE SOURCE AIR TOXICS RULE

EPA has delayed earlier plans to issue an air toxics rule for mobile sources by the end of this year, after reaching an agreement with environmentalists to propose the rule next year.

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STATES PUSHING 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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CEMENT INDUSTRY FILES DATA CHALLENGE TO EPA'S DIOXIN EMISSION ESTIMATES

Cement makers have filed a data quality act challenge urging EPA to revise downward its estimate of dioxin emissions from hazardous waste-burning kilns, saying the overestimates could expose the facilities to legal attacks from environmentalists.

The Cement Kiln Recycling Coalition (CKRC), which represents cement making companies that burn hazardous-waste derived fuels in their kilns, says emission estimates in EPA's latest inventory are inflated because the report uses an improper methodology.

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DOE ROLE IN ENERGY BILL AIR TOXICS STUDY DRAWS WIDESPREAD SKEPTICISM

Environmentalists and industry sources claim a new study the energy bill requires Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct on the health impacts of refinery air toxics may have little value, because DOE has little experience in the area compared to EPA.

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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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Industry Attack On NIH Data May Undermine EPA Naphthalene Review

A pending industry information quality challenge of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) cancer rating for naphthalene may undermine an EPA plan to classify the widely used chemical as a "likely" carcinogen, and thereby sharply reduce new cleanup liability and safety standards for the military and industry.

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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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Failed Talks Prompt EPA, Industry Tests On Major C-8 Source

EPA and industry officials are moving forward with separate testing programs on what experts say could identify the main source of human exposure to C-8, a potentially toxic chemical used to make common consumer products, after the officials failed to reach an agreement on a testing program late last year.

The failed talks focused on a testing program investigating exposure to C-8 resulting from biodegradation of related chemical compounds, known as telomers, which many experts believe is the main C-8 exposure source for humans.

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