Contact: Scott Jensen (202) 249-6511
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 17, 2012)
The following statement can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council (ACC) regarding the publication of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Peer Review Plans for the risk assessments on several work plan chemicals:
"EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics has taken an important and necessary step to communicate how they will conduct the review of several influential draft assessments set to be released later this year. We hope this plan will be followed by other actions in the near future, which will help make the Agency's assessment process more transparent and accessible to the public.
"While EPA has provided basic information regarding its peer review plans, we think the Agency must also address several key areas in order to strengthen and improve the peer review process. Specifically, we believe the plan should ensure peer review panels are composed of experts across all disciplines based principally on their scientific expertise and should not exclude panelists based solely on their affiliation. The process should also provide ample time for meaningful public comment and ensure sufficient time for review of those comments by the peer review panel. EPA should also ensure that the final assessment addresses public comments and the findings and recommendations of the peer review panel."