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E-REPORT
Title Chemical assessments [electronic resource] : low productivity and new interagency review process limit the usefulness and credibility of EPA's Integrated Risk Information System : report to Chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senate / United States Government Accountability Office.
Imprint [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2008]

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Description ii, 84 p. : digital, PDF file.
Note Title from title screen (viewed on Apr. 30, 2008).
"March 2008."
Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references.
Note "GAO-08-440."
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 4/30/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08840.pdf ; current access available via PURL.
Subject United States. Environmental Protection Agency -- Rules and practice.
Chemicals -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Integrated Risk Information System (U.S.)
Hazardous substances -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Health risk assessment -- United States.
Environmental risk assessment -- United States.
Summary The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) contains EPA's scientific position on the potential human health effects of exposure to more than 540 chemicals. IRIS is a critical component of EPA's capacity to support scientifically sound environmental decisions, policies, and regulations. GAO was asked to examine (1) the outcome of steps EPA has taken to ensure that IRIS contains current, credible chemical risk information, to address the backlog of ongoing assessments, and to respond to new requirements from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and (2) the potential effects of planned changes to the IRIS assessment process on EPA's ability to ensure that IRIS provides current, credible risk information. To do this work, GAO reviewed and analyzed EPA data and interviewed officials at relevant agencies ...
Other Author United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Other Title Chemical assessments : low productivity and new interagency review process limit the usefulness and credibility of Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Risk Information System.
Low productivity and new interagency review process limit the usefulness and credibility of EPA's Integrated Risk Information System.