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Environmental brief ~ UK faces suit over nuclear waste disposal

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, the European Commission has completed the final step in an infringement procedure before it files suit at the European Court of Justice against the UK for failing to tell the EU how the UK plans to dispose of nuclear materials from its Atomic Weapons Establishment(AWE). The UK argues that the EURATOM treaty which governs the use and disposal of nuclear energy has not and does not apply to nuclear weapons. Reuters has more.... In other news, officials from governments in the Western Hemisphere met to inaugurate the Food Safety Institute of the Americas (FSIA), designed to develop, enhance and promote food safety education, training, and security throughout the hemisphere. The institute was established under the auspices of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, an agency of the USDA, in accordance with the President's food safety initiative, "Fulfilling the Vision: Initiatives in Protecting Public Health." The press release is here.... The Department of the Interior(DOI)has created the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, located on 35,000 acres in northwest Minnesota. The refuge will preserve native tallgrass and wetland areas and serve as critical habitat for declining grassland birds, greater prairie chickens, sandhill cranes and other wildlife, as well as the endangered western prairie fringed orchid. The refuge will be managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in accordance with the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the Endangered Species Act. The press release is here.... The EPA seeks comments on a proposed amendment[PDF] to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) emitted from coke plants (pushing, quenching and battery stacks). The NESHAP were developed in compliance with the Clean Air Act. Comments can be made until November 12 here.... The EPA also seeks objections and hearing requests regarding a final rule that will set the tolerance (allowed usage) level for the fungicide mepanipyrim on grapes, raisins, strawberries and tomatoes. EPA sets these levels in compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). Objections and hearing requests can be made until December 13 here.

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