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White House Wants To Move Long-Delayed Basel Treaty Bill, EPA Official Says

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The White House is interested in moving long-awaited legislation to implement the Basel treaty on international waste shipments, an EPA enforcement official said at a meeting here, which comes amid heightened security concerns after 9/11 about waste imports.

The EPA official added that if legislation on implementing the international agreement continues to languish, the administration could seek separate revisions to the nation's hazardous waste laws to allow the United States to block waste shipments into the country.

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Massachusetts Proposes Streamlined Rules For Asbestos-In-Soil Cleanups

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing to streamline its requirements for addressing asbestos in soil, in an effort to provide clearer guidance on a contaminant affecting the redevelopment of brownfields in the state. The move could have national implications by addressing what state officials say is a lack of accepted standards for measuring asbestos in soil.

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IG URGES BETTER COORDINATION, AGENDA FOR EPA ELECTRONIC WASTE PLANS

EPA's inspector general (IG) is urging the agency to better coordinate its multiple electronics recycling initiatives and set clear goals for the programs in order to boost the flagging credibility of its electronic waste programs.

EPA's e-waste programs are ill-defined and badly coordinated, and the agency has not adequately anticipated future electronics waste streams or developed e-waste performance measures, the IG says.

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HOUSE PASSES CALIFORNIA PERCHLORATE, NEW MEXICO LAND SWAP BILLS

House lawmakers have passed two site-specific perchlorate remediation bills and legislation approving a land swap in New Mexico aimed at providing an appropriate safety buffer zone around an Air Force munitions storage bunker.

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CALIFORNIA SENATORS CHAMPION PERCHLORATE CLEANUP FUNDING

California's senators are praising recent action by the Senate Appropriations Committee to approve $2 million in funding for perchlorate cleanup work at several sites in California. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Barbara Boxer (D) have frequently pushed for greater visibility of their state's perchlorate contamination and called for additional federal funding to address the problem.

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MASSACHUSETTS STREAMLINING ASBESTOS IN SOIL CLEANUP REQUIREMENTS

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing to streamline its requirements for addressing asbestos in soil, attempting to provide clearer guidance on a contaminant affecting the redevelopment of brownfields in the state.

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STATES PRESS FOR EARLY INPUT INTO RANGE ASSESSMENT PROTOCOLS

State environment officials are pressing the military to allow them early involvement in the development of protocols for assessing munitions constituents and other potential contaminants originating from operational ranges. While the Defense Department is not making any commitments to states on the issue, a DOD official late last month agreed with the concept of early involvement, state sources say.

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EPA May Adopt Spending Reforms To Allow More Superfund Cleanups

EPA's Superfund office is planning to implement a series of recommendations to free up funds to start as many as 10 new waste cleanups in fiscal year 2006, which could include redirecting contract oversight money and distributing excess funds from site-specific cleanup accounts, an agency official says.

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SENATE INACTION, CANADIAN OPPOSITION MAY DOOM HOUSE GARBAGE BILL

Despite a key committee vote last week, the Senate's failure to consider interstate waste legislation and opposition from Canada may doom a bipartisan House bill seeking to limit interstate and international garbage shipments.

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U.S. OFFERS CANADA 'CONSULTATIVE' ROLE IN CROSS-BORDER WASTE DISPUTE

The U.S. State Department is offering the Canadian government a "consultative" role in designing the cleanup of a Washington state lake to help resolve a diplomatic dispute instigated when EPA claimed a Canadian company transported toxic mining waste across the border, according to documents obtained by Inside EPA.

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