EPA Should Alter Risk Evaluation Practices: Report

Law360, New York (December 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to change the way it evaluates the public health risk of potentially hazardous chemicals, because its current process often puts the brakes on useful regulation, a report released by the National Research Council advises.

The agency’s process of risk assessment is struggling with a disconnect between available scientific data and the needs of agency officials, the report said, noting that the current methods create difficulties for officials and regulators who rely on the risk assessments to guide them in making...
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