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EPA CHILDREN'S CANCER GUIDELINES MAY PROMPT STRICTER STANDARDS

EPA's just-released children's cancer guidance is likely to trigger stricter standards for a host of chemicals the agency regulates because it can result in risk estimates that increase lifetime exposure calculations by around 60 percent or more, EPA and industry sources say.

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CALIFORNIA DECISION ON PERCHLORATE GOAL MAY SPARK COSTLY CLEANUPS

The decision by California's Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) to keep its contested 6-parts-per-billion (ppb) drinking water public health goal (PHG) for perchlorate will likely spark costly cleanups in a state with numerous perchlorate-contaminated sites.

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EPA CHILDREN'S CANCER GUIDELINES MAY PROMPT STRICTER STANDARDS

EPA's recently-released children's cancer guidance is likely to trigger stricter standards for a host of chemicals the agency regulates because it can result in risk estimates that increase lifetime exposure calculations by around 60 percent or more, EPA and industry sources say.

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California Decision On Perchlorate Goal May Spark Costly Cleanups

The decision by California's Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) to keep its contested 6-parts-per-billion (ppb) drinking water public health goal (PHG) for perchlorate will likely spark costly cleanups in a state with numerous perchlorate-contaminated sites.

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EPA Wading Into Debate Over Using Existing Law To Regulate Nanotechnology

EPA is planning a stakeholder meeting to discuss whether to rely on current toxics law in establishing safeguards for nanotechnology-based manufacturing, signaling the agency is ready to begin the debate on one of most controversial questions about regulating the emerging science.

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Activists Renew Push For EPA Allergenicity Test For Genetically Modified Crops

Citizen groups are renewing their effort to force EPA to develop a standard method for determining allergenicity in genetically modified (GM) crops, urging a panel of agency science advisors to include a recommendation on the test in an upcoming report on the registration for a corn pest repellant.

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State Lawmakers Call For Stronger California Perchlorate Standard

A group of California lawmakers is asking the state's health hazard office to strengthen its perchlorate standard, arguing that new scientific evidence justifies a more stringent benchmark. The legislators' call adds to the pitched debate over the rocket fuel component's health risks as the state continues to struggle through the process to set a regulatory standard.

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Chemical Risks Prompt EPA To Eye Stricter Air Rules For Dry-Cleaners

EPA concerns about the risks posed by a dry-cleaning chemical are likely to result in stricter rules for major emitters and thousands of smaller businesses and may result in a ban on the compound as part of an upcoming air toxics rule, agency sources say.

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Utility Research Group Cites Vehicle Metals As Major Particulate Risk

Scientists at a power industry-funded research organization say preliminary, unreleased data indicate possible adverse health effects from metals found in car brakes and tires. The power industry may use these results to pressure states and EPA to enact strict emissions regulations for particulate matter (PM) that comes from mobile sources rather than utilities, industry officials and some scientists say.

However, some scientists not affiliated with the study maintain the only types of metals proven to have serious health effects are those emitted from power plants.

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State Lawmakers Call For Stronger California Perchlorate Standard

A group of California lawmakers is asking the state's health hazard office to strengthen its perchlorate standard, arguing that new scientific evidence justifies a more stringent benchmark. The legislators' call adds to the pitched debate over the rocket fuel component's health risks as the state continues to struggle through the process to set a regulatory standard.

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