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ACC Calls for Overhaul of EPA's Chemical Safety Assessment Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2011)— In testimony today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during a hearing examining a program used to assess chemicals American Chemistry Council's President and CEO Cal Dooley called for an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS.
"IRIS is one of the most important programs EPA uses to assess the safety of chemicals. But in recent years, IRIS frequently has been criticized for failing to meet high standards of scientific inquiry, transparency, and quality," Dooley said to the committee.
"While IRIS is a complex program that examines complex issues, the problems can be boiled down to two things," he explained. "First, IRIS does not reflect modern scientific methods of 21st century knowledge about how chemicals interact in the body at different levels of exposure. Rather, IRIS continues to rely too heavily on outdated assumptions formulated in the 1970s."