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EPA MAY USE REGION III GUIDE TO PERMIT REMAINING UNREGULATED RCRA UNITS

EPA may adopt Region III guidelines for permitting the bulk of remaining unregulated Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities, including a host of munitions disposal sites, to help meet the agency's ambitious goal of preventing releases at 95 percent of hazardous waste facilities by 2008, according to an Office of Solid Waste (OSW) official and agency documents.

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EPA CITES LITTLE-USED POWER TO INCLUDE NAVIGATION DREDGING IN CLEANUP

EPA is close to finalizing an agreement with Massachusetts that relies on little-used Superfund authority allowing states to "enhance" some cleanup plans that will let the state include navigational dredging as part of EPA's plans to dredge contaminated sediments from portions of New Bedford harbor.

Invoking the authority will allow Massachusetts to streamline permitting requirements for disposal of sediment from the two projects, reduce disposal costs, coordinate monitoring and increase coordination between the two dredging projects, EPA says.

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EPA AGREES TO PROPOSE PUERTO RICO MILITARY SITES FOR NPL

Following a push by House Democratic leadership and extensive interagency negotiations, EPA is proposing former military training sites on two Puerto Rico islands to the National Priorities List (NPL), the first time the Bush administration has proposed listing a federal facility.

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ACADEMIA INVOLVEMENT COULD EASE MILITARY-LOCAL LAND USE CONFLICTS

A military official is proposing that academia develop a way to combine land use information from the military, local communities and other groups to integrate land-planning needs and identify potential encroachment conflicts before they arise.

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DEFENSE DEPARTMENT DEVELOPING NEW GREEN PROCUREMENT POLICY

The Defense Department is close to finalizing a new policy on so-called green procurement, reiterating the military's requirement under several laws and executive orders to buy a range of environmentally friendly products, and outlining a strategy for meeting those requirements along with metrics for measuring progress.

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EPA DEVELOPING NEW TEST METHODS FOR PERCHLORATE CONTAMINATION

EPA is working to develop a new testing method for perchlorate in groundwater, surface water, soil and biota to overcome deficiencies in current test methods that are designed to test for perchlorate in drinking water, EPA and military sources say.

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EPA Seeks Unspent State Funds To Ease Superfund Budget Shortfall

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- EPA is attempting to recover as much as $250 million in unspent Superfund and brownfields funds the agency has distributed to states over the past 14 years to address funding shortfalls that have prevented the agency from beginning cleanup at all eligible Superfund sites, EPA officials say.

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IG EYES EPA 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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DOI FEARS CLEANUP COST PRECEDENT IN CROSS-BORDER SUPERFUND CASE

Top Interior Department (DOI) officials are concerned that EPA's efforts to require a Canadian company to clean up a Washington state lake may subject DOI's Bureau of Reclamation, which operates a nearby dam, to Superfund liability at the lake and hundreds of other dams it operates, government sources say.

DOI's concerns could put further pressure on EPA to retreat from its efforts to hold Canadian mining giant Teck Cominco liable under Superfund for mining releases that originated in Canada but eventually settled in Lake Roosevelt.

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EPA SEEKS UNSPENT STATE FUNDS TO EASE SUPERFUND BUDGET SHORTFALL

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- EPA is attempting to recover as much as $250 million in unspent Superfund and brownfields funds the agency has distributed to states over the past 14 years to address funding shortfalls that have prevented the agency from beginning cleanup at all eligible Superfund sites, EPA officials say.

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