National Academies advisory: EPA dioxin risk assessment reviewed

Health Risks from Dioxin and Related Compounds: Evaluation of the EPA Reassessment, a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council, will be released at one-hour public briefing on Tuesday, July 11. Dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, released into the environment by industrial processes and present in the food chain, have been a concern since they were found in the herbicide Agent Orange. The new report examines the scientific soundness of the data, assumptions, and methods used in a draft reassessment of the health risks of dioxin issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2003. The report also looks at how uncertainties were factored into the reassessment.

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Briefing details:
Tuesday, July 11, at 11 a.m. in the Lecture Room of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may listen to a live audio webcast and submit questions by e-mail at http://nationalacademies.org.

Reporters:
Register to attend the briefing or obtain an advance copy of the report by contacting the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu. Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 3 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 10.


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