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SUPERFUND CLEANUP PROGRAM WINS 'ADEQUATE' GRADE IN OMB REVIEW

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- The White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) has given EPA's Superfund cleanup program an "adequate" grade in its initial review of the program's performance, leading one top agency official to conclude that the program will receive funding increases in future budget requests.

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Judge Questions Industry Effort To Have Courts Hear Data Law Complaints

Industry attempts to have federal courts review the data that agencies use to make decisions appear to have suffered a setback as a federal judge questioned whether industry groups in a key case have standing to sue and suggested that the data quality law does not provide authority for courts to review the information.

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Data-Quality Petition Challenges EPA's Superfund Risk Ranking Process

An industry challenge to EPA's cleanup decision for an abandoned waste disposal site in Louisiana is targeting the agency's scientific review practices for determining the toxicity of contaminated sites slated for possible addition to the Superfund list. Industry officials claim EPA is violating Bush administration guidelines on the quality of data underlying government regulations.

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Ruling May Encourage Superfund Settlements Before Cleanup 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.

In American Cyanamid Co. v. A. Capuano Brothers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld a lower court's decision that Superfund contribution costs could be based on the estimated costs of a remedy that has yet to be completed.

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Nevada Seeks Review Of Alleged DOE Limits On Yucca License Review

Nevada officials are asking a key senator to investigate their allegations that the Department of Energy (DOE) is trying to limit the license review for the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain by refusing to answer further technical questions until the license is submitted at the end of the year.

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Superfund Cleanup Program Wins 'Adequate' Grade In OMB Review

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has given EPA's Superfund cleanup program an "adequate" grade in its initial review of the program's performance, leading one top agency official to conclude that the program will receive funding increases in future budget requests.

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DOT ACKNOWLEDGES SHARED HAZMAT SECURITY ROLE WITH HOMELAND DEPT.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has formally acknowledged for the first time that it shares authority with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in overseeing the shipment of hazardous materials, raising the prospect of broad new powers for DHS that some in the industry are warning they may challenge.

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ACTIVISTS CITE 'DIRTY-BOMB' CLEANUP PLAN TO ATTACK BUSH 9/11 RESPONSE

The Sierra Club says upcoming federal cleanup standards for "dirty-bomb" attacks that will be weaker than Superfund cleanup levels demonstrate that the Bush administration is developing policies based on failed government efforts to protect public health in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The group Aug. 18 issued a 165-page report citing what it says were widespread post-9/11 failures in protecting public health across the federal government, contributing to illnesses and diseases hundreds of people in New York suffered.

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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, according to an industry source familiar with the issue.

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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, which provides guidance on purchasing EPA-certified products containing recycled materials.

The policy also gives procurement officers guidance on using alternative non-fossil fuels and chemicals that do not deplete the stratospheric ozone layer.

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