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WASHINGTON (March 19, 2013) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in conjunction with its review and public comment on five draft work plan chemical risk assessments announced in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Federal Register on January 9, 2013:
“ACC welcomes the general approach EPA has taken to conduct targeted risk assessments on its first five work plan priority chemicals. ACC commends the Agency for conducting targeted quantitative assessments that focus on the potential risks associated with certain uses and applications of the work plan chemicals, and for employing a margin of exposure (MOE) approach for human health evaluations. The assessments are focused appropriately on those risks that have not already been determined to present minimal or negligible risk for ecological or human health endpoints.
“ACC agrees that this type of approach, with some important and necessary refinements, can help the Agency effectively evaluate existing chemicals in commerce. We have provided constructive feedback to the Agency to improve the methodology and ensure that a scientifically rigorous approach to evaluating potential risks is adopted. With some refinements to the program, EPA can assure all stakeholders that the final assessments will be based on a scientifically sound analysis of all relevant data and information, and meet the highest standards of scientific inquiry.
“We appreciate that the Agency sought public comment on the draft work plan assessments and draft peer review charge questions, and look forward to sharing additional feedback to ensure that the final assessments are effective, transparent and credible.”