17 Feb '12, 11pm

U.S. @EPAgov releases long-awaited health assessment of dioxins #dioxins #EPA

17 Feb 2012: EPA Releases Long-Awaited Health Assessment of Dioxin Risks The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released its long-awaited assessment of the toxic hazards of dioxins, a group of persistent contaminants emitted by chemical plants, waste incinerators, and other industrial facilities. While concluding that current exposure to dioxins “generally” does not pose a “significant health risk ” over the course of a person’s lifetime, the EPA set a daily safe exposure rate of 0.7 picograms of dioxins per kilogram of body weight — a level that had been opposed by industry groups that contend it would stoke public concerns about food safety. Assistant EPA Administrator Paul Anastas called the assessment a “starting point” for future federal, state, and industry activities. The new standards could result in more stringent cleanup standards at contamination sit...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/us_releases_long-awaited_heal...

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