|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2006
ACC Commends National Academies
of Science Review of Dioxin Assessment
ARLINGTON, VA (July 11, 2006) - The American Chemistry Council
(ACC) today commended the National Academies of Science's
(NAS) National Research Council panel for its thorough review
of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft dioxin
reassessment. The NAS, one of the nation's preeminent scientific
bodies, concluded that the EPA report may overstate the risk
of cancer from dioxin, and understate the uncertainty associated
with both cancer and non-cancer health risks. NAS asked EPA
to more clearly explain how it selects the data upon which
the reassessment is based and the methods used to analyze
"This authoritative report should serve as a guidepost for
EPA and help the agency harmonize its draft dioxin risk analysis
with the findings of other respected groups, including the
World Health Organization and European Food Safety Association,"
said Greg Merrill, senior director of the Chlorine
Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council.
Dramatic and continuing dioxin declines in U.S. industrial
emissions, sediments, foods and human tissue have been documented
over the past several decades. According to EPA's own estimates,
dioxin emissions to the environment have been reduced by 92
percent since 1987. Clearly, EPA, industry and environmentalists
alike can celebrate this impressive victory-achieved through
the winning combination of government regulations, voluntary
industry efforts and citizen campaigns.
While the volume of dioxin science continues to grow, our
companies support efforts to further reduce dioxin emissions
and, at the same time, provide chemical building blocks that
help produce essential products that make our lives safer,
healthier and more convenient.