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U.S. EYES BILATERAL PANEL TO EASE FUTURE CROSS-BORDER DISPUTES

EPA, state officials and a key senator are suggesting that U.S. and Canadian officials seek advice from a bilateral commission to prevent future cross-border environmental disputes from proposed Canadian mining and drilling projects near the U.S. border.

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EPA ALLOWS GENERAL ELECTRIC TO JUSTIFY USE OF PCB DETECTION TOOL

EPA Region II Administrator Jane Kenny is allowing General Electric (GE) to prove the adequacy of its preferred polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) detection method at the Hudson River -- which could help GE and other companies reduce contaminated sediment sampling costs and scale back cleanup requirements.

One government source says that if GE can demonstrate its method is equivalent to other technologies, it could help companies facing PCB cleanups scale back the scope of any dredging requirements because they are based in part on the amount of PCBs detected.

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HOUSE DEMOCRATS URGING WHITE HOUSE TO 'QUICKLY' ADD VIEQUES TO NPL

Several House Democrats, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), are urging the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) to add former Navy training ranges on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra to Superfund's National Priorities List (NPL) in order to speed cleanup there.

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INSPECTOR GENERAL URGES DOE TO CHANGE HANFORD CLEANUP AGREEMENT

Energy Department (DOE) investigators are criticizing DOE's cleanup of its Hanford, WA, facility, and calling on the department to dramatically change its methods for remediating billions of gallons of liquid waste beneath the site, including revising its cleanup agreement with EPA and the state of Washington.

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ACTIVISTS PLAN LAWSUIT TO FORCE DOE COMPLIANCE WITH EPA CLEANUP PACT

Environmental groups are planning to sue the Department of Energy (DOE) to force it to comply with a Clinton-era cleanup agreement with EPA that the agency claims it lacks the legal authority to enforce.

If successful, the planned litigation could force DOE compliance with strict Superfund cleanup standards at more than a hundred contaminated DOE sites around the nation, environmentalists and government sources say.

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EPA Allows General Electric To Justify Use Of PCB Detection Tool

EPA Region 2 Administrator Jane Kenny is allowing General Electric (GE) to prove the adequacy of its preferred polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) detection method at the Hudson River -- which could help GE and other companies reduce contaminated sediment sampling costs and scale back cleanup requirements.

One government source says that if GE can demonstrate its method is equivalent to other technologies, it could help companies facing PCB cleanups scale back the scope of any dredging requirements because they are based in part on the amount of PCBs detected.

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Unique Coalition Of Industry, Environmentalists Fights IRS Waste Tax Proposal

An unusual coalition of industry groups and environmentalists is opposing an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposal to fix long-standing limits on the use of tax-exempt financing for waste disposal facilities that recycle, according to sources in the coalition.

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Yucca Mountain Faces New Hurdle After Court Rejects EPA Radiation Rule

The Department of Energy's (DOE) plans to construct a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, NV, is facing a major new hurdle after a federal appeals court vacated a key EPA radiation protection standard that is integral to the project's legality. The ruling means that EPA will likely have to rework its radiation protection standard to ensure that the site will isolate radiation from nuclear waste for 300,000 years, instead of the 10,000-year compliance period that the regulations currently require.

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EPA MAY DROP PLAN TO SPLIT CATHODE TUBES FROM MERCURY WASTE RULE

U.S. EPA may drop plans to separate a controversial provision establishing recycling requirements for cathode ray tubes (CRT) from a rule that would also ease recycling standards for equipment containing mercury, agency sources said. The consideration comes as some states, including California, are establishing CRT recycling requirements, sparking industry concern that no federal standards could lead to a series of conflicting mandates.

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NEW CONTROLS PROPOSED FOR BIOREACTORS MAY TRIGGER FRESH DISPUTE

Several new conditions favored by environmentalists will be added to draft bioreactor regulations before they are voted on by the waste board next week, setting up a potential debate with industry groups and bioreactor proponents that preferred the rules in their previous form. The changes to the draft rules were made at the board's permitting and enforcement (P&E) committee this week at the behest of member Mike Paparian.

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