EPA's Piecemeal Risk Strategy on Way Out?

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Science  21 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5418, pp. 1247-1248
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5418.1247a

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Earlier this month, a blue-ribbon panel released a draft report calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to broaden its outlook by assessing whole suites of chemicals and other threats to health and ecosystems, not just single pollutants. In a 1990 report, the EPA's Science Advisory Board urged the agency to set priorities by ranking risks according to scientific reviews rather than mandates from Congress and lawsuits. The new report offers a two-part remedy for EPA: to probe the breadth of risks to human health or to an ecosystem; and to investigate a broader range of risk reduction options.