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FDA STUDIES FOOD SAMPLES FOR PERCHLORATE; REG ACTION SEEN UNLIKELY

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is testing food samples for perchlorate, an effort stakeholders say will be helpful in painting a more complete picture of human exposure to the rocket-fuel component beyond just drinking water consumption. While FDA is not ruling out potential regulatory action on the chemical's presence in food, one environmentalist said a food-specific regulatory limit is unlikely. Instead, the information being compiled by FDA will be most useful in helping U.S.

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DOD Objects To Stringent Colorado Indoor Air Rules For Pervasive Toxin

The Defense Department is calling Colorado's decision to adopt a stringent indoor air policy for trichloroethylene (TCE) premature, pointing to the unresolved controversy over the scientific values on which the state bases its screening and remediation policy.

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Senate Vote Shifts Corzine's Focus To Committee Talks On Chemical Security

The Senate's rejection of an effort by Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) to provide localities with $70 million for chemical plant security has forced the senator to shift his focus to congressional talks on producing bipartisan legislation to impose broad counterterrorism requirements on the industry.

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EPA Expected To Require More Industry Toxicity Testing Of High-Volume Chemicals

EPA this month is expected to announce additional industry testing requirements for widely used chemicals for which basic toxicity data are unavailable, as part of a landmark agreement between the agency and industry to study the potential health effects of the most produced chemicals. At the same time, EPA is planning to unveil early next year a database that will improve public access to such information.

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DuPont Settlement On C-8 Includes Novel Health Panel Study

An agreement between DuPont and residents near a West Virginia manufacturing facility includes the creation of an expert panel to review the potential public health risks from groundwater contamination in the area and determine the scope of potential future lawsuits against the company. Legal experts say the settlement offers a novel approach to resolving the uncertainties that are often at the heart of toxic tort claims against industry.

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Recent Toxic Tort Ruling Sets Stage For Supreme Court Review

A recent federal appeals court ruling in a toxic tort case that lowered the bar for bringing class-action suits in federal court furthers a split among circuit judges and makes it more likely the Supreme Court will have to address the issue, according to legal experts.

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DOD Objects To Stringent Colorado Indoor Air Rules For Pervasive Toxin

The Defense Department is calling Colorado's decision to adopt a stringent indoor air policy for trichloroethylene (TCE) premature, pointing to the unresolved controversy over the scientific values on which the state bases its screening and remediation policy.

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White House Questions EPA's Data Request For Widely Used Pesticides

A long-standing EPA effort to require industry to conduct new studies on the health impacts of atrazine and more than a dozen other widely used pesticides appears to be coming to a head, with the agency slated to meet with the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which earlier this summer questioned the need for the additional data.

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KIDS' HEALTH MONTH GIVES ACTIVISTS NEW CHANCE TO BLAST BUSH POLICIES

Environmental and public health advocates are planning to use an upcoming series of EPA events highlighting the agency's children's health activities to underscore what they say are inadequacies in the Bush administration's efforts to protect children from environmental harm, activists say.

The groups are timing their attack to coincide with children's health month in October, during which EPA will be touting its children's health activities, issuing outreach tools such as a calendar of tips to protect children and holding public events at schools.

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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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