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Interest Rate

The percentage of the value of a balance or debt that one pays or is paid each time period. For example, if one holds a bond with a face value of $1,000 and a 3% interest rate payable each quarter, one receives $30 each quarter. The percentage of the interest rate remains constant (usually), but the amount one pays or is paid changes according to the amount of the balance or debt. For example, if one pays off part of the principal on a loan each month, the amount one pays in interest decreases even though the rate remains the same. See also: Time Value of Money.


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John Beach, EPA's Region 9 project officer in San Francisco, said the EPA ``prefers'' contaminated properties be cleaned up to a cancer risk rate of 1 in a million.
The DOE-recommended standard for the cleaning up of its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory would allow a risk rate of 300 cancers per million people at a maximum exposure from the site, compared with one per million.
Different criteria used in past risk assessments have placed Keysor- Century's cancer risk rate in the two-to-10 cases per million range and, most recently, as high as 62 cases per million, he said.
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