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PENDING CRT RULE WILL NOT ADDRESS NEXT GENERATION OF ELECTRONICS

EPA's pending rule to boost recycling of computer monitors and televisions containing cathode ray tubes (CRTs) will not address the next generation of electronics equipment, likely forcing the agency to develop another contentious proposal for recycling and disposing of the products, according to EPA, industry and academic sources.

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EPA DEVELOPS METHOD TO BETTER DETECT PERCHLORATE CONTAMINATION

EPA is developing a new test for perchlorate contamination in an effort to address perceived deficiencies in the current method for detecting the pollutant in drinking water sources, agency and military officials say.

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COLORADO ENVIRONMENT CHIEF GIVES UNUSUAL SUPPORT TO KEY BUSH PLANS

Colorado environment chief Doug Benevento has won notoriety among fellow state officials for being the lone state environment commissioner to endorse now-stalled Defense Department (DOD) legislation seeking exemptions from environmental laws.

Benevento's maverick support for the bill -- a key Bush administration legislative proposal -- reflects his broader efforts to embrace other White House priorities, including its new source review reforms, which Colorado has moved to adopt, and flexible environmental compliance programs like environmental management systems (EMSs).

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EPA DEVELOPS METHOD TO BETTER DETECT PERCHLORATE CONTAMINATION

U.S. EPA is working to develop a new test for perchlorate contamination in an effort to address perceived deficiencies in the current method for detecting the pollutant in drinking water sources, agency and military officials say.

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Canadian Mine Says U.S. Courts Lack Role In Cross-Border Waste Suit

The Canadian mining company facing a landmark Superfund suit for cross-border waste releases is urging a federal district court to dismiss a Pacific Northwest tribe's lawsuit seeking to force the company to comply with an EPA order aimed at cleaning up the contamination.

Teck Cominco officials are urging a federal district court in Washington state to dismiss a citizen suit filed by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, which seeks to force the company to comply with an EPA order requiring the company to develop a cleanup plan for Lake Roosevelt.

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EPA's Upcoming E-Waste Rule Leaves New Electronics Unaddressed

EPA's pending rule to boost recycling of computer monitors and televisions containing cathode ray tubes (CRTs) will not address the next generation of electronic equipment, likely forcing the agency to develop another contentious proposal for recycling and disposing of these products, according to EPA and industry sources.

According to these sources, the CRT rule is about to be sent by EPA to the White House's Office of Management and Budget for interagency review, and EPA intends to issue a final rule by early 2005.

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Pentagon Drafts First-Time Policy To Promote 'Green' Purchases

The Pentagon is developing a first-time policy to require the military to purchase environment-friendly products and equipment. The so-called "green" purchasing policy is intended to provide procurement officers with guidance on purchasing EPA-certified products that contain recycled materials, rely on alternative non-fossil fuels, or use chemicals that do not deplete the stratospheric ozone layer.

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EPA Develops Method To Better Detect Perchlorate Contamination

EPA is working to develop a new test for perchlorate contamination in an effort to address perceived deficiencies in the current method for detecting the pollutant in drinking water sources, agency and military officials say.

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EPA AGREES TO ANALYZE SOLID WASTE RULE'S ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

EPA will study the environmental risks posed by its plan to exempt over one million tons of hazardous waste from regulation, after the waste treatment industry and environmentalists criticized the agency's failure to study those risks when developing the proposal, according to an Office of Solid Waste (OSW) official.

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EPA IG EYES PROCESS FOR CRAFTING EXEMPTIONS FROM WIPES REGULATION

EPA's inspector general (IG) may investigate the agency's process for developing Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) exemptions for contaminated industrial towels in response to Democrats' concerns over the influence they claim some industry sectors had on the rule's development.

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