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Dioxin Draft Sparks Controversy

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Science  26 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5470, pp. 1313-1314
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5470.1313a

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Even before it is released, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new report on dioxin is creating a furor. A draft, leaked to The Washington Post last week, concludes that dioxin is 10 times more likely to cause cancer than previously believed, posing a risk as high as 1 in 100 among the most exposed individuals. Some scientists immediately blasted the findings as "unbelievable," while acknowledging that they had not seen the report.