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EPA THREATENS CUTS UNLESS REGIONS ADOPT NEW CLEANUP METHODS

EPA is warning its regional offices they may face funding cuts if they do not adopt new strategies to conserve resources at costly groundwater cleanups, according to a new agency document.

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DOD OBJECTS TO STRINGENT COLORADO INDOOR AIR STANDARDS FOR TCE

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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OIL INDUSTRY SEEKS TO DOWNPLAY RISKS OF VAPOR INTRUSION IN EPA GUIDE

The oil industry is developing recommendations on assessing petroleum-associated air toxics risks in an effort to downplay EPA risk estimates in a forthcoming agency guidance on how to limit indoor air contamination caused by leaking underground storage tanks (USTs).

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OIL INDUSTRY SEEKS TO DOWNPLAY RISKS OF VAPOR INTRUSION IN EPA GUIDE

The oil industry is developing recommendations on assessing petroleum-associated air toxics risks in an effort to downplay EPA risk estimates in a forthcoming agency guidance on how to limit indoor air contamination caused by leaking underground storage tanks (USTs).

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COURT REJECTS SAN DIEGO DUMP-BLOCKING INITIATIVE; CIWMB FIGHT NEXT

Following a court's rejection of a San Diego County voter initiative to block the development of a controversial landfill, the fight over the facility will soon move to the waste board, where dump opponents are expected to lobby to reject the permit. The waste board, though, has limited legal authority to deny permits already vetted and approved by local enforcement agencies.

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CAL/EPA PLANS MEETING TO ADDRESS DISPUTED BAY AREA SITE CLEANUP

Cal/EPA is scheduling a meeting with a broad range of parties involved in the cleanup and redevelopment of a contaminated northern California site, amid mounting calls for the toxics department to more actively assert itself in a process heretofore largely overseen by the San Francisco regional water board. Critics claim there have been a number of missteps in the cleanup process, and say the toxics department is the more appropriate agency to deal with the complexities and potential human health threats posed by contamination at this site.

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Nuclear Industry Likely To Ask For Supreme Court Review Of Yucca Ruling

The industry association representing nuclear utilities will likely ask the Supreme Court to review a federal appellate ruling that threatens the planned nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, NV, after the appeals court refused to reconsider its earlier decision.

"There's a good chance [we] will eventually appeal to the Supreme Court," says an official with the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).

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WASTE INDUSTRY URGES OMB TO QUICKLY APPROVE RCRA PAPERWORK RULE

The Environmental Technology Council (ETC) is offering to help finance an electronic paperwork system if the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) quickly approves a long-delayed rule aimed at reducing paperwork burdens for waste shipments before the presidential election, according to an industry source familiar with the issue.

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NEW RULING ALLOWS CLEANUP COST RECOVERY BEFORE REMEDY IS COMPLETE

A recent federal appellate decision may set a precedent encouraging settlements in Superfund disputes by allowing parties to receive cost contribution based on estimates of a future remedy's cost, rather than requiring them to wait until the remedy is completed, according to industry attorneys.

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SHELBY PUSHING FOR INCREASED PRIVATIZATION OF MCCLELLAN UXO CLEANUP

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) is asking the Army to consider privatizing the cleanup of unexploded ordnance (UXO) at Fort McClellan, AL, following the allegations in late July that an Army contractor hid UXO during remediation activities.

Shelby's letter comes as the dispute between state regulators and the Army over UXO issues at Fort McClellan is intensifying, with the Army and its contractor last week appealing a July 30 emergency administrative order that required the Army to reinvestigate several areas of the closing base that had been deemed "clear" of UXO.

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