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States Step-Up Opposition to Toxic Reports Cutback

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At least 20 states have challenged proposed cutbacks in the flow of information on toxic hazards proposed by the Environmental Protection Administration, the Society of Environmental Journalists reports. The cutbacks in reporting to the EPA are being urged by industry groups, which claim the paperwork burden is onerous. The EPA puts a $7.4 million savings tag for industry on the proposed regulation change. But environmental groups say the loss of information is more critical and potentially more costly. (12/15/05)