|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2004
Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American
Chemistry Council Endorses National Academies Dioxin Science
C. T. "Kip" Howlett, Jr., Executive Director of the Chlorine
Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council, released
the following statement today:
"The Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry
Council is pleased to note that the National Academies of
Science has established a panel to review the Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA's) dioxin reassessment. We look forward
to reviewing the list of nominees and commenting as appropriate.
Even as industrial dioxin releases decline, this review is
critical to harmonizing EPA's dioxin risk characterization
with those of respected public health agencies worldwide.
The charge questions that have been given to the panel appropriately
target the fundamental public health policy issues that have
led to the deep discrepancy between the EPA dioxin risk analysis
and the conclusions of those agencies.
According to EPA estimates, dioxin emissions have been reduced
by 92 percent since 1987. This success can be attributed to
a winning combination of government regulations and voluntary
industry efforts. And these efforts have paid off: Today,
average dioxin levels in foods have returned to levels measured
in archived foods from the early 1900s.
While the knowledge of dioxin science grows daily, our member
companies continue to support efforts to further reduce dioxin
emissions and, at the same time, provide the building blocks
of chlorine chemistry that help produce essential products
that make our lives safer, healthier and more convenient."
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The Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry
Council is a national trade association based in Arlington,
VA representing the manufacturers and users of chlorine and
chlorine-related products. Chlorine is widely used as a disease-fighting
disinfection agent, as a basic component in pharmaceuticals
and myriad other products that are essential to modern life.