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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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IG SAYS STATES FACE SUPERFUND BACKLOGS, LOOMING LONG-TERM COSTS

EPA's inspector general (IG) says states have slowed their assessment of Superfund sites -- and consequently, their cleanup -- while also facing looming pressures to pay for long-term cleanup operations at contaminated sites. States attribute the problems to funding woes, which numerous Bush administration critics have also blamed for a recent backlog in Superfund cleanup activity.

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NUCLEAR INDUSTRY MAY ASK SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW YUCCA RULING

The industry association representing nuclear utilities will likely ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appellate ruling rejecting EPA's radiation protection standard for the planned nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, NV, after the appeals court refused to reconsider its earlier decision.

"There's a good chance [we] will eventually appeal to the Supreme Court," says an official with the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).

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EPA Audit Finds Slowdown In State Superfund Activities Amid Budget Woes

EPA's inspector general says states have slowed their assessment of Superfund sites -- and consequently their cleanup -- while also facing looming pressures to pay for long-term cleanup operations at contaminated sites. States attribute the problems to funding woes, which numerous Bush administration critics have also blamed for a recent backlog in Superfund cleanup activity.

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DOD Objects To Stringent Colorado Indoor Air Rules For Pervasive Toxin

The Defense Department is calling Colorado's decision to adopt a stringent indoor air policy for trichloroethylene (TCE) premature, pointing to the unresolved controversy over the scientific values on which the state bases its screening and remediation policy.

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Nuclear Power Case Highlights Environmental Justice Impacts In NRC Decisions

Environmentalists are using an ongoing dispute with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) over industry plans to construct two nuclear reactors in Mississippi to challenge the commission's recently finalized policy on how to consider environmental justice (EJ) impacts of NRC decisions. The policy, which appeared in the Federal Register on Aug. 24, requires NRC to ensure that any environmental justice impacts stemming from NRC decisions are consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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State Support Boosts Tribe's Landmark Cross-Border Waste Suit

Washington state's decision to join a Native American tribe's landmark suit against a Canadian company for cross-border mining contamination will likely strengthen the tribe's case, according to a tribal official.

"It reinforces what we've been saying all along," the source says.

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EPA Threatens Funding Cuts Unless Regions Adopt New Cleanup Methods

EPA is warning its regional offices they may face funding cuts to their Superfund remedial budgets if they do not adopt new strategies to conserve resources at costly groundwater cleanups, according to a new agency document. In an Aug.

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High Court Sets Hearing Date For Landmark Superfund Cost-Recovery Case

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a closely watched Superfund cost-recovery case next month, according to a court official, which could affect the future of EPA's successful voluntary Superfund cleanup initiative.

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DOD Objects To Stringent Colorado Indoor Air Rules For Pervasive Toxin

The Defense Department is calling Colorado's decision to adopt a stringent indoor air policy for trichloroethylene (TCE) premature, pointing to the unresolved controversy over the scientific values on which the state bases its screening and remediation policy.

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