News of the WeekToxicology

Panel Backs EPA Dioxin Assessment

Science  10 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5494, pp. 1071
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5494.1071a

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Outside scientists last week gave a thumbs-up to a long-awaited Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report finding that dioxin may be causing health effects at levels close to background exposures. The favorable reaction comes as a relief to the EPA, whose 1994 draft dioxin report was criticized sharply by a similar outside panel for ignoring scientific uncertainties.