Monday, February 6, 2012

EPA Must Correct the Flaws in the Dioxin Reassessment and Inform Stakeholders on its Science

EPA’s Continued Failure to Address Concerns Leads to Delayed Dioxin Reassessment


WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 1, 2012) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) missing its deadline to publish the first half of the dioxin reassessment. After receiving another round of criticism from an expert panel, the EPA split the reassessment into two, saying the other half would be published later in 2012.

“ACC supports the strong regulation of dioxin based on sound science and urges the EPA to work with the Administration and other agencies to publish a complete dioxin reassessment that addresses the multiple concerns outlined by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and other reputable scientists. While we would like to see EPA complete the dioxin reassessment, it is clear that the EPA has more work to do in order for the Agency to release a complete and scientifically defensible assessment.

“For years, a broad and consistent chorus of scientists, experts, other federal agencies and stakeholders has expressed strong concerns that the draft dioxin reassessment is significantly flawed and at odds with international standards developed by the European Union and World Health Organization..."


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