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Toxics

FEDERAL AGENCIES LAUNCH EFFORTS TO BEGIN REGULATING NANOMATERIALS

Federal agencies are taking a number of steps to begin regulating nanomaterials, a new set of substances with unusual properties due to the extremely small size of their components. These efforts could ultimately include far-reaching changes in the approaches EPA takes to classifying and monitoring chemicals.

Nanomaterials are one of many unregulated and emerging contaminants that DOD is closely tracking.

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ARMY PLANS TO DEVELOP CRITERIA FOR NEW CHEMICAL WEAPONS MONITORING

Following congressional and citizen pressure, the Army is planning to work with a small group of stakeholders to develop objectives and criteria for evaluating new technology to better monitor air emissions at chemical weapons storage and disposal facilities.

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EPA, INDUSTRY TO STUDY CHILDREN'S RISKS FROM C-8, OTHER CHEMICALS

EPA has reached an agreement with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to conduct a landmark study on how young children are exposed to household pesticides and other chemicals, including a widely used chemical known as C-8 that is a key ingredient in Teflon products.

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SCIENTISTS CRITICIZE EPA COST-BENEFIT REVIEWS FOR IGNORING ECOSYSTEMS

A draft report by EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) is criticizing agency methods of estimating the costs and benefits of key regulations for failing to include improvements to ecosystems, saying the agency may be dramatically undervaluing its rules' benefits. The finding -- part of a broader SAB report on cost-benefit practices due out next year -- argues that EPA analysts prematurely eschew such ecological benefits because they require non-traditional techniques that White House reviewers may question or reject.

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Judge Questions Industry Effort To Have Courts Hear Data Law Complaints

Industry attempts to have federal courts review the data that agencies use to make decisions appear to have suffered a setback as a federal judge questioned whether industry groups in a key case have standing to sue and suggested that the data quality law does not provide authority for courts to review the information.

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Data-Quality Petition Challenges EPA's Superfund Risk Ranking Process

An industry challenge to EPA's cleanup decision for an abandoned waste disposal site in Louisiana is targeting the agency's scientific review practices for determining the toxicity of contaminated sites slated for possible addition to the Superfund list. Industry officials claim EPA is violating Bush administration guidelines on the quality of data underlying government regulations.

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Chemical Makers Cite Court Ruling In Push To Delay EPA Air Rule

A group of chemical companies is citing an appeals court ruling last year in urging EPA to delay implementation of part of a major air toxics rule and conduct an administrative review of the measure even as the agency continues settlement talks with the industry over the rule.

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EPA Details Hazard Labeling Changes To Comply With Global Agreement

EPA is planning to reorganize the toxicity rankings it uses in assigning pesticide labels and may reform other pesticide classification rules to comply with an international toxicity-labeling system.

Levels of acute pesticide toxicity would be reclassified into five categories, instead of the current four. While the basis for determining to which category a chemical is assigned will remain the same and the plan will require no new testing on environmental and public health effects, but the new scheme could prompt further regulatory changes on the content of labels.

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EPA, Industry Agree To Study Children's Risks From C-8, Other Chemicals

EPA has reached an agreement with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to conduct a landmark study on how toddlers and infants are exposed to household pesticides and other chemicals, including a widely used chemical known as C-8 that is a key ingredient in Teflon products.

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