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EPA Misses Dioxin Assessment Deadline

12:47 PM MST | February 14, 2012 | Kara Sissell

EPA missed a self-imposed January 31 deadline for issuing its assessment of dioxin’s potential noncancer health effects. Industry groups have argued that the proposed reference dose, or recommended limit, for dioxin would make much of the nation’s food supply perceived to be unsafe for human consumption. The dioxin reassessment is one of the longest running and most controversial of EPA's projects under the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). It is not clear if the delay is related to a law recently passed by Congress that requires the agency...

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