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EPA's Modifies IRIS to Incorporate NAS Recommendations

3:15 PM MDT | July 19, 2011 | Kara Sissell

U.S. EPA has made changes to the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) aimed at increasing the program’s clarity and transparency. Data also will be “rigorously edited to eliminate inconsistencies and address redundancies,” EPA says. The revisions are a direct response to recommendations on how to improve IRIS issued last April by the National Academy of Sciences. Industry says the recent changes are a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. Executives maintain IRIS has for years been unable to keep pace with scientific developments, resulting in regulations that are based on incomplete or incorrect data....

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