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EPA PLANS TO WEAKEN DIOXIN STANDARDS FOR SLUDGE

07/03/2002
From H2O Info News

In 1999 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to amend the Standards for the Use or Disposal of Sewage Sludge to limit dioxin and dioxin-like compounds in sewage sludge that is applied to the land. Since that time, the EPA has collected new data on the levels of dioxins in sewage sludge and has extensively revised the risk assessment which estimates the risks from dioxin and dioxin-like compounds associated with land application of sewage sludge.

The EPA will soon be releasing the new data and risk assessment for a 90 day comment period. According to The Clean Water Network, the EPA plans to weaken the dioxin standards for sludge because their data shows that dioxin is less prevalent in the environment than it has been in the past. While the decrease in dioxin in the environment is good news, EPA's plan to loosen regulations on the application of dioxin to lands through sludge is not good news particularly because the "body burden" of dioxin in the U.S. is already too high. Instead of weakening standards because dioxin is less prevalent, the EPA should continue to stringently regulate this carcinogen to minimize the number of dioxin-related cancers.

For more information contact The Clean Water Network at cleanwaternt@igc.org(Source: Clean Water Network).

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