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COLORADO ENVIRONMENT CHIEF GIVES UNUSUAL SUPPORT TO KEY BUSH PLANS

Colorado environment chief Doug Benevento has won notoriety among fellow state officials for being the lone state environment commissioner to endorse now-stalled Defense Department (DOD) legislation seeking exemptions from environmental laws.

Benevento's maverick support for the bill -- a key Bush administration legislative proposal -- reflects his broader efforts to embrace other White House priorities, including its new source review reforms, which Colorado has moved to adopt, and flexible environmental compliance programs like environmental management systems (EMSs).

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EPA STUDY OF GULF 'DEAD ZONE' MAY BOOST FOCUS ON INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION

A new EPA report on the Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" recommends a shift in restoration goals that agriculture industry and other sources say should increase the focus on industrial facilities' contribution to a problem that is largely blamed on runoff from farms in states along the Mississippi River.

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EPA MULLS NARROW REVISIONS TO CLEAN WATER ACT TMDL REGULATIONS

EPA water officials are considering whether to draft a streamlined version of long-stalled, contentious Clean Water Act rules -- which have been under consideration since the Clinton administration -- under which states set aggregate pollution limits for waterbodies, according to state and EPA sources.

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NINTH CIRCUIT TO HEAR CHALLENGES TO EPA COOLING WATER INTAKE RULE

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is widely considered friendly to environmental concerns, will be hearing state, industry and environmentalist challenges to EPA's cooling water intake rule governing existing power facilities.

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STATE, LOCAL OFFICIALS URGE DELAY IN WATER QUALITY REVIEW FOR AMMONIA

State and local government officials are urging U.S. EPA to postpone reviewing its water quality criteria -- and possibly permit limits -- for ammonia, arguing that there are significant problems with studies that prompted the review.

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EPA Study of Gulf 'Dead Zone' May Shift Focus To Industrial Pollution

A new EPA report on the Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" recommends a shift in restoration goals that agriculture industry and other sources say should increase the focus on industrial facilities' contribution to a problem that is largely blamed on runoff from farms in states along the Mississippi River. The report, which an EPA task force will review next week, recommends that EPA focus future efforts to reduce high nutrient discharge levels in the Gulf by focusing on both nitrogen and phosphorous.

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Inspector General Poised To Issue Review Of EPA Water Enforcement

EPA's inspector general (IG) is poised to release a review of the administration's assertion that increased enforcement of excessive sewer releases during rainy weather has reduced the need to enforce water discharge permits for industrial facilities.

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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. The so-called "green" purchasing policy is intended to provide procurement officers with guidance on purchasing EPA-certified products that contain recycled materials, rely on alternative non-fossil fuels, or use chemicals that do not deplete the stratospheric ozone layer.

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Environmentalists Eye Lawsuits To Expand Regulation Of Wetlands

Environmentalists are considering litigation to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate construction projects on wetlands in Georgia and Tennessee as part of a broader effort to require Clean Water Act permits for discharges to wetlands and other areas connected to navigable water bodies by groundwater.

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EPA Considers Narrow Revisions To Contentious Clean Water Act Rules

EPA water officials are considering whether to draft a streamlined version of long-stalled, contentious Clean Water Act rules -- which have been under consideration since the Clinton administration -- under which states set aggregate pollution limits for waterbodies, according to state and EPA sources.

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