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Environmental brief ~ Asbestos producer agrees to settle individual claims

[JURIST] In Wednesday's environmental law news, James Hardie Industries, Australian manufacturer of fiber-cement building materials, has made an agreement with union and asbestos victim groups to handle individual claims from victims of the company's asbestos products, manufactured up until 1987, as the claims occur each year and into the future. The company had originally proposed to reach a one-time settlement through a government tribunal instead of dealing with individual claimants. The claims are currently estimated to cost the company $1.5 billion. The Australian has the story. In other news, twenty-five of the world's Least Developed Countries are currently meeting in Tanzania to discuss the upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) conference in December. The countries hope to establish common positions on items like the Kyoto Protocol (established under the FCCC) and other climate related matters. AFP has more.... The EPA seeks objections and hearing requests on a final rule that will set tolerance limits for Deltamethrin, an insecticide, on a variety of food commodities. The regulation is made in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996[PDF](FQPA). Objections and hearing requests can be made until December 27 here.

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