EPA Commits to Strengthening Science Used in Chemical Risk Evaluations

Earlier this week, the EPA announced the agency will refine its approach to selecting science used in chemical risk evaluations. Specifically, the agency will revamp its selection and review of scientific studies used to inform Toxic Substances Control Act chemical risk evaluations. The effort, the EPA says, is part of the agency’s effort in continuing to act on the Biden Administration’s commitment to making evidence-based decisions.

EPA’s ongoing effort to update its systematic review approach that was issued in 2018 is also part of EPA’s broader efforts to review the first ten TSCA risk evaluations. This review will be done following executive orders and other directives provided by the administration to ensure that all agency actions meet statutory obligations, be guided by the best available science, ensure the integrity of Federal decision-making, and protect human health and the environment. EPA expects to publish and take public comment on a TSCA systematic review protocol later this year.

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