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EPA MAY USE REGION III GUIDE TO PERMIT REMAINING UNREGULATED RCRA UNITS

EPA may adopt Region III guidelines for permitting the bulk of remaining unregulated Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities, including a host of munitions disposal sites, to help meet the agency's ambitious goal of preventing releases at 95 percent of hazardous waste facilities by 2008, according to an Office of Solid Waste (OSW) official and agency documents.

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USDA Proposes Extending Methyl Bromide 'Quarantine Exemption' To Domestic Use

The Bush administration is proposing to expand the so-called "quarantine exemption" for the ozone-depleting pesticide methyl bromide under the Montreal Protocol to allow its use in domestic agriculture shipments. Until now, the exemption has only been used to allow the pesticide to be sprayed on international shipments of nursery plants and crops.

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EPA May Use Region's Guide To Permit Unregulated Toxic Waste Facilities

EPA may adopt Region 3 guidelines for permitting the bulk of remaining unregulated Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities, including a host of munitions disposal sites, to help meet the agency's ambitious goal of preventing releases at 95 percent of hazardous waste facilities by 2008, according to an Office of Solid Waste (OSW) official and agency documents.

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NAFTA PANEL AGREES TO RARE PEER REVIEW OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH STUDY

A North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) panel has taken the unusual step of allowing an external review of its draft study evaluating toxic chemicals' impact on children's health, following criticism of the report by EPA, the Canadian government and industry groups. The parties argue that the panel's report wrongly equates disposal of wastes in regulated landfills with releases into the environment, and improperly links waste releases to children's exposure.

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EPA BACKS OFF SUPPORTING DISPUTED ASBESTOS DEMOLITION METHOD

EPA is backing away from its earlier decision to approve a controversial method to demolish asbestos-contaminated buildings until it completes additional testing on the technique's safety.

The delay comes after agency scientists questioned the safety of the method -- known as wet demolition -- and environmentalists said its use may violate federal environmental laws, including the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act and Superfund.

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INDUSTRY QUESTIONS EPA CALL TO LOWER NEW POWER PLANTS' SO2 LIMITS

Power plants may be unable to meet stringent sulfur emissions limits EPA regions are asking states to include in a number of draft permits for proposed new power plants -- limits that EPA argues correct state reliance on data that underestimate emissions standards achievable by the facilities.

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TECHNOLOGY TO MEET EPA NOX RULE MAY POSE CHALLENGES FOR UTILITIES

A new emissions reduction technology known as selective catalytic reduction (SCR) that utilities are effectively required to use in complying with nitrogen oxide (NOx) standards for the Eastern United States could create unintended air pollution, a problem that surfaced recently when a major power company was forced to shut down some SCR units at an Indiana facility.

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USDA WOOD-PACKAGING RULE REQUIRING METHYL BROMIDE FACES OPPOSITION

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to finalize a rule that would require international shippers to kill pests by fumigating raw wood packaging with either the ozone-depleting substance methyl bromide or heat treatment, but the rule is facing opposition both by environmental groups and possibly other government agencies participating in international talks to phase out the substance.

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EPA'S 'RESIDUAL RISK' AIR TOXICS PLAN DRAWS IRE OF PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS

EPA's proposal for the first-ever "residual risk" air toxics standard could set important precedents for upcoming rules of the same kind, according to environmentalists who charge that the methods EPA used to set the pollution limits in the standard are insufficient to protect public health.

However, EPA officials defend the landmark plan and say it does everything feasible to lower health risks from industry.

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CARB WEIGHS MULTIPLE FACTORS TO DEFINE LARGE FARMS FOR REGULATION

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is embarking on a complicated effort to define large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) for regulation under a controversial state law passed last year that lifted a decades-old regulatory exemption for the facilities. Farm and dairy organizations that have expressed skepticism over initial formulas used to define large CAFOs are closely following the air board approach because it will determine how many dairies will be regulated statewide, and perhaps across the country.

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