07 Sep '17, 3pm

Toxic Chemical Industry and House Rs Attack on Science

Toxic Chemical Industry and House Rs Attack on Science

EPA’s IRIS program conducts health assessments of chemicals, and determines “acceptable” levels of exposure via air, water, food or soil. IRIS assessments are not regulations themselves, but they are frequently used by regulators—at the EPA, in the 50 states, and around the world—to set health-based standards for chemicals. Because an IRIS assessment can lead to new or strengthened protections from exposure to a toxic substance, the chemical industry has spent years fighting EPA efforts to complete those assessments, a process we chronicled in detail in our 2011 NRDC report, The Delay Game . Two of the three case studies in that report—formaldehyde and trichlorethylene or TCE—are still being contested by industry, and were a topic of this week’s Oversight Hearing.

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jennifer-sass/toxic-chemical...

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