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Key GOP Senator Rejects EPA Concerns In Push For CAFOs Exemption

Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) is proceeding with legislative attempts to exempt concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from environmental reporting requirements, despite EPA concerns the push could hamper agency efforts to obtain additional data on CAFO emissions, a Craig staffer says.

"We're moving ahead," the source says. Craig, who is the fourth most senior Republican in Senate, is planning to push the reporting exclusions as a floor amendment to the VA-HUD appropriations bill that funds EPA.

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Battle To Reform Mine-Cleanup Fund Delayed After Senate Extension

Competing efforts between Eastern and Western lawmakers to reform an abandoned coal mine cleanup program will likely be delayed until next Congress after lawmakers recently agreed to a nine-month extension of the program.

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EPA Seeks To Boost 'Green Buildings' Through Enforcement Pacts

EPA plans to boost the use of green building techniques at contaminated properties through the use of enforcement agreements known as supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), according to a recent agency document.

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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 accused a Canadian company of transporting toxic mining waste across the border, according to documents obtained by Inside EPA.

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APPEALS BOARD URGES EXPANDED EPA ACCESS TO DATA FOR SETTING FINES

A recent decision by EPA's Environmental Appeals Board on wetlands penalties may expand the agency's ability to gather information about a defendant's finances when the party claims an inability to pay a fine, according to an attorney familiar with the case.

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BATTLE TO REFORM MINE CLEANUP FUND DELAYED AFTER SENATE EXTENSION

Competing efforts between Eastern and Western lawmakers to reform an abandoned coal mine cleanup program will likely be delayed until next Congress after lawmakers recently agreed to a nine-month extension of the program.

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DOD DELIVERS OVERDUE MERCURY CONSOLIDATION REPORT TO CONGRESS

The Defense Department earlier this month delivered an overdue report on its current plans to consolidate its stockpile of excess mercury, responding to requirements in a fiscal year 2004 appropriations bill.

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COLORADO SETS FIRST-TIME WATER STANDARD FOR WIDESPREAD CHEMICAL

Colorado regulators earlier this month established first-time enforceable cleanup standards for a widespread chemical contaminant at hazardous waste sites that the Defense Department (DOD) and industry groups are identifying as an emerging concern.

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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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EPA SEEKS TO BOOST 'GREEN BUILDING' THROUGH ENFORCEMENT PACTS

EPA plans to boost the use of green building techniques at contaminated properties through the use of enforcement agreements known as supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), according to a recent agency document.

The agency often allows defendants in enforcement cases to perform SEPs -- environmentally beneficial projects -- as an incentive to reduce penalties. The projects must be an action that the defendant is not otherwise legally required to perform, and must have a nexus to the violation that triggered enforcement.

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