|October 18, 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 Academy
of Sciences' dioxin reassessment review panel has received
the most recent version of the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA's) draft dioxin reassessment. This represents the first
step in the critical work before the panel. We were also pleased
to submit comments on the provisional panel and propose additional
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
the low 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
Note: See excerpts from The Interagency
Working Group on Dioxins', "Questions
and Answers About Dioxins."
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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.