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Lead Cleanup Dispute Raises Unusual Arguments Against EPA Risk Model

A dispute over EPA cleanup levels at a Texas waste site is sparking unusual criticism from labor unions and local environmentalists that the agency's contentious model for setting lead cleanup levels is inadequate.

The model, known as the Integrated Exposure Uptake Biokinetic Model (IEUBK), is routinely criticized by industry groups and Republican lawmakers as resulting in unnecessarily stringent and expensive cleanup levels.

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Senate Environment Committee To Lose Chemical Security Jurisdiction

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is expected to lose jurisdiction next year over legislation requiring security improvements at chemical plants, bringing new lawmakers to the debate and making the fate of the contentious bill uncertain next Congress.

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Environmentalists Cite Unusual Ruling To Speed EPA Air Toxics Rule

Environmentalists are citing a recent federal appeals court's unusually detailed ruling that defines when an agency's timetable for action is unreasonable to urge the court to make EPA promptly set new air toxics standards required by a 2000 court order for cement kilns.

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Litigation Fears May Prompt Revised EPA Reviews Of Pesticide Inerts

EPA pesticide program officials are exploring alternative scientific strategies for reviewing and approving more than 400 inert ingredients in pesticides within the next two years, to avoid a potential lawsuit by environmentalists to enforce a statutory deadline.

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Lead Cleanup Dispute Raises Unusual Arguments Against EPA Risk Model

A dispute over EPA cleanup levels at a Texas waste site is sparking unusual criticism from labor unions and local environmentalists that the agency's contentious model for setting lead cleanup levels is inadequate.

The model, known as the Integrated Exposure Uptake Biokinetic Model (IEUBK), is routinely criticized by industry groups and Republican lawmakers as resulting in unnecessarily stringent and expensive cleanup levels.

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EPA Delay Of Children's Study Cited In Push Against Human Testing Policy

Opponents of pesticide testing on humans say they will use a recent EPA decision delaying a controversial study on children's exposures to pressure the agency to revise an upcoming human testing policy that is expected to allow EPA to accept findings from such studies when setting regulatory limits.

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Wastewater Industry Urges EPA To Consider Aquatic Life In Pesticide Reviews

The wastewater treatment industry is urging EPA to more carefully consider the aquatic life impacts of pesticides during their re-registration to ensure the compounds do not cause publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) to violate water quality standards for toxicity, industry sources say.

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Administration Plan To Remove Hazmat Labels Draws Broad Criticism

Federal transportation safety officials, states, labor unions and industry associations are warning that a Bush administration proposal to remove hazardous materials labels from rail shipments to help reduce terrorist attacks would increase risks to first responders, according to recent comments from the groups.

The groups are criticizing a joint proposal from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued earlier this year to enhance rail transportation security for toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) materials.

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EPA To Revise Categories Used To Assess Children's Exposure To Chemicals

EPA will soon propose changes to the categories it uses in determining children's exposure to high-production chemicals, according to industry and agency sources.

The changes are part of a legal agreement reached last month with chemical makers to resolve a lawsuit challenging the agency's Inventory Update Rule (IUR), which requires manufacturers to report a range of data on chemicals produced annually in volumes of 25,000 pounds or more, as long as the information is "readily available."

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EPA Tightens Conflict-Of-Interest Rules After Concerns On Ground Zero Panel

EPA is tightening its scientific peer review policies to reduce potential conflicts of interest and bias among panelists following an investigation by its inspector general highlighting weak procedures for reviewing the formation of the agency's panel on EPA's Ground Zero risk assessment effort.

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