Lawmakers Cast Doubt On EPA Database Reforms

Law360, New York (August 27, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT) -- Congressional lawmakers have vowed to closely monitor a series of reforms meant to streamline the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's system for evaluating the public health risk of potentially hazardous chemicals, saying the proposed changes may not be enough to bring the database up to speed.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson introduced the reforms to the agency's Integrated Risk Information System May 20, pledging to bring transparency to a process criticized last year for being vulnerable to political influence.

She said the improvements would speed the process...
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