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METHYL BROMIDE SUIT LIKELY TO CHARGE INSUFFICIENT OEHHA INPUT

Environmentalists are crafting a legal challenge against the pesticides department over its newly issued methyl bromide rules, arguing that the department failed to adequately consult the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment when promulgating the regulations. The case could have impacts beyond the methyl bromide rules because the suit alleges the department must not only seek OEHHA's input on health-related regulations, but is required to follow that advice as well.

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House GOP Stymied In Push For Environmental Waivers In 9/11 Bill

Key House Republicans have failed to include in the stalled intelligence reform bill a provision that would allow the construction of a federal immigration barrier to proceed without having to comply with a host of environmental laws, according to Senate Republican sources.

But House GOP sources say the environmental-waiver provision is not dead and could re-emerge during the next month, or early next year, as lawmakers and the Bush administration continue negotiations on the intelligence reform bill.

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Expert Panel On Gulf War Illness Questions EPA Pesticide Reviews

Members of a federal panel looking into ailments suffered by veterans of the first Persian Gulf War say EPA may have overlooked a serious health threat from a class of pesticides currently under review at the agency.

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White House Plans New Report Showing Progress On Dioxin

A White House science official in a surprise move announced plans to release a report on dioxin in an apparent attempt to show administration progress on monitoring and controlling for the highly controversial pollutant. But the move has already drawn protests from environmentalists who say development of the report will likely further delay release of EPA's dioxin risk review, which has been 13 years in the making.

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JUDGE'S REJECTION OF DATA QUALITY SUIT SEEN AS 'SETBACK' FOR INDUSTRY

A judge's rejection of an industry suit seeking federal court review of the data EPA and other agencies use to make decisions is being viewed as a setback for industry officials who hoped the decision would set a precedent allowing courts to review agencies' data decisions.

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SENATE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO LOSE CHEMICAL SECURITY JURISDICTION

The Senate Environment & 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 in the next Congress.

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UC STUDY EXPECTED TO FAVOR ADOPTING EU CHEMICAL TESTING PLAN

A University of California (UC) study commissioned by the Legislature is likely to conclude that the European Union's (EU) controversial chemical testing and registration plan would serve as a good model for revamping the state's toxic-control statutes.

But industry officials say the state's adoption of the policy would be unconstitutional under the federal Interstate Commerce Clause.

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INDUSTRIES SAY SOUTH COAST SCHOOL-BUFFER RULE WASTEFUL, DUPLICATIVE

A proposed South Coast air district rule that would place new risk thresholds and restrictions on new or relocated industrial facilities within 1,000 feet of schools is unnecessary and a waste of staff resources, according to industry sources. District staff counters that the rule, which is being touted as a major breakthrough in environmental justice, is intended as a precautionary step to protect children and other "sensitive" populations, and is therefore justified.

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CAL/EPA SHIFTS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY OVER DISPUTED BAY AREA SITE

Responding to intense community and political pressure, Cal/EPA is transferring lead agency oversight of a controversial site cleanup from the San Francisco Bay regional water board to the toxics department. The shift is being welcomed by community members and legislators, who are now exploring ways to develop state policies that could prevent similar controversies from erupting in the future.

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EPA Delays Action On Chemical Sector Plan To Boost Waste-To-Energy Projects

EPA has delayed action on a chemical industry proposal to expand regulatory exemptions for hazardous waste burned as fuel because the agency is awaiting industry data and must first respond to an upcoming court-ordered deadline for revising an unrelated hazardous waste incinerator rule, agency and industry sources say.

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