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Toxics

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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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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PANELS EYE NARROW FIFRA BILLS TO AVOID PARTISAN CLASH OVER POPS PACT

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees are preparing to introduce narrow, bipartisan legislation to amend federal pesticide law so the United States can implement an international toxics treaty in an effort that Capitol Hill sources say is intended to avoid partisan controversy that prevented passage of the legislation in the last Congress.

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DPR ABANDONS THREE-YEAR EFFORT TO OVERHAUL REPORTING SYSTEM

Due to a lack of funding, the pesticides department has dropped a three-year effort to overhaul and simplify its pesticide reporting system. While the agriculture industry is satisfied with the decision because it believes the plan posed high compliance costs and security threats, environmentalists are disappointed because the new system was expected to vastly improve accountability and consistency.

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DTSC PLAN TO LOWER LEAD HAZ-WASTE LIMIT DRAWS STAKEHOLDER FIRE

A long-awaited toxics department report recommendation to lower the threshold at which lead is considered hazardous waste is drawing concerns from site cleanup companies, recyclers and community activists for different reasons. The proposal, expected to have significant implications if pursued, is based on newer science that indicates lower levels of lead in human beings can have negative health impacts.

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EPA Asbestos Test May Help Lawsuit Challenging Cleanup Project

A lawyer representing a group of Missouri residents says an EPA pilot project on disposal methods for asbestos may assist their citizen lawsuit challenging the demolition of asbestos-containing buildings by the city of St. Louis. But at the same time, the citizens' group will closely watch EPA's test project to ensure it offers an alternative disposal method for the cancer-causing contaminant that would better protect public health and environment.

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EPA Funds To Boost State Enforcement Of Non-Toxic Packaging Laws

A number of states that have laws limiting the use of toxic materials in consumer packaging are planning to step up enforcement of these laws through a pilot program partially funded by EPA.

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EPA Science Advisers Question Navy Plan To Sink PCB-Containing Ships

Despite offering initial praise, EPA science advisers say additional review of a pending test case is needed to confirm the validity of novel environmental risk models the Navy intends to use to support an application for a national permit for sinking vessels as artificial reefs. The decommissioned vessels to be sunk contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other potential toxins.

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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 is raising concerns among agency career staff -- and the chemical industry -- who say the push may undermine timely risk assessments.

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EPA Likely To Adopt Ground-Zero Cleanup Plan Despite Local Objections

EPA is poised to release a plan in mid-August for the sampling of contaminants in buildings surrounding the World Trade Center (WTC) site, despite heavy criticism from residents and a technical review panel. Panelists argued at what was likely the last committee meeting before the plan's release that the draft contains significant flaws.

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