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EPA ECONOMISTS SAY CANCER GUIDE MAY LIMIT BENEFIT TALLIES IN NEW RULES

EPA economists say new cancer risk guidelines will make it harder to demonstrate the benefits of regulating carcinogenic chemicals because the policy's attempt to address complex biological processes makes it more difficult to quantify results.

Industry and agency officials are reviewing the guidelines to consider the policy implications of abandoning a traditional linear approach to risk assessment in favor of a more nuanced approach that can take into account new science about effects at low levels of exposure.

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SENATE AMENDMENT WOULD KILL EPA REVIEW OF PENTAGON ASBESTOS USE

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has offered an amendment to an asbestos trust fund bill that would eliminate EPA oversight of Defense Department (DOD) exemptions from a ban on the substance.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALL FOR BAN OF C-8 UNDER INTERNATIONAL TOXICS TREATY

Environmentalists are recommending to an international panel meeting for the first time this week that the widely used chemical C-8, and 19 other toxins, be included as part of a treaty that bans worldwide use of persistent pollutants.

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PESTICIDE MAKERS MULL EPA RULES TO ADDRESS HIGH COURT BATES RULING

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The pesticide industry may urge EPA to promulgate new rules under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to address the Supreme Court's recent Bates ruling, which curtailed federal preemption of state claims based on pesticide labels, industry officials say.

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Senate Amendment Would Kill EPA Review Of Pentagon Asbestos Use

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has offered an amendment to an asbestos trust fund bill that would eliminate EPA oversight of Defense Department (DOD) exemptions from a ban on the substance.

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Industry Fears Senate Push To Expand Asbestos Compensation Bill

Industry lobbyists are raising concerns about an anticipated push in the Senate to allow victims of environmental exposure to asbestos to receive compensation under a proposed trust fund to address worker ailments, a move that could dramatically increase the size of the proposed $140 billion industry-funded program.

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Senate Amendment Would Kill EPA Review Of Pentagon Asbestos Use

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has offered an amendment to an asbestos trust fund bill that would eliminate EPA oversight of Defense Department (DOD) exemptions from a ban on the substance.

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RENEWED CHEMICAL SECURITY DEBATE MAY PRODUCE TOUGHER LEGISLATION

House and Senate lawmakers are renewing long-stalled efforts to enact nationwide security requirements at chemical facilities, which proponents and detractors say could produce a bill that would be more stringent, with more momentum, than a controversial measure that Senate environment committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced last Congress.

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SCIENCE ADVISERS MAY URGE UPDATE TO EPA'S ECOLOGICAL RISK REVIEWS

EPA science advisers are planning to review the state of the science on ecological risk assessment (ERA) in a potentially far-reaching evaluation that could update the agency's seven-year-old guidelines on conducting such reviews and revise environmental decision-making.

The evaluation will draw on the experience of outside experts to advance techniques in the field and is part of a broader agency effort to consider recent breakthroughs in risk assessment procedures.

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EPA PLAN FOR EXPANDED RISK REVIEWS DRAWS STAFF CRITICISM, DOD BACKING

A preliminary EPA plan to expand chemical risk reviews to accommodate input from other agencies is raising concerns among EPA staff that the additional consultations may delay important environmental protections, EPA sources say. But the plan is winning the backing of Defense Department (DOD) officials who are seeking increased involvement in key EPA risk assessments, DOD sources say.

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