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.


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

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 [email protected]. Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 3 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 10.

Last updated: 30 Apr 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Apr 2016
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