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Superfund Report - 02/21/2011

OIG Finds EPA Failed To Properly Review Proposed Brownfield Cleanups

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EPA has failed to follow federal requirements when reviewing due diligence reports intended to ensure the adequacy of cleanup investigations conducted under the brownfields assessment grants program, leaving in doubt the quality of the remediation done under the agreements, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

EPA Hedging On Massive Cleanup Of Homes On Radioactive Mine Sites

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EPA is hedging on the prospect of undertaking a potentially precedent-setting cleanup of an area in central Florida where the agency fears tens of thousands of people living on former phosphate mines may be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, with an agency spokeswoman stressing that EPA has not made any commitments beyond a limited aerial survey it conducted last month.

Science Advisers Find 'Major Deficiencies' In EPA's Dioxin Risk Estimates

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The Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel that is reviewing EPA's draft dioxin risk assessment indicates in a draft report that the agency's calculation of the chemical's risks includes three "major deficiencies," including flaws in key elements of the agency's cancer potency estimates, according to a Feb. 9 draft report.

Navy Agrees to Conduct Vapor Cleanup, Ending Dispute With EPA

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The Navy and EPA have ended a cleanup dispute that had reached EPA's Region IX administrator, with the Navy agreeing to implement a vapor intrusion remedy at a California Superfund site after initially arguing the current property owner -- the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) -- should address the newly discovered contamination, according to an EPA Region IX spokeswoman.

Marine Corps Will Revise Controversial Material On Camp Lejeune Pollution

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Under pressure from a federal health agency and several congressional offices, the Marine Corps is committing to revise a much-condemned public document that critics say falsely portrays the science related to contaminated drinking water exposures and health impacts at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, as well as the military's response to the contamination, congressional sources say.
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