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Washington, DC - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson recently announced reforms to the agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) that will revitalize the program and ensure its scientific quality, integrity, transparency and timeliness.
EPA Alters Chemical Review- 5/22/2009
The IRIS database provides crucial information on ways human health is impacted by exposure to chemical substances in air, water and land both from contaminated sites and from products. Combined with specific exposure information, government and private entities use IRIS to help characterize public health risks of chemical substances in a site-specific situation and thereby support risk management decisions designed to protect public health.
“We’re improving efficiency, scientific integrity and transparency in a program that plays a vital role in our mission to protect human health and the environment,” says Jackson. “A more effective IRIS program gives EPA and the American people better information—and better information leads to safer, healthier communities.”
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