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EPA’s Flawed IRIS Program Is Far from Gold Standard

February 12, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System which assesses the toxicity of chemicals often produces assessments based on sloppy or flawed research.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) which assesses the toxicity of chemicals often produces assessments based on sloppy or flawed research.  In reality, IRIS has a long history of producing or citing poorly conducted risk assessments that lack transparency. All too often, using these faulty assessments EPA has advanced faulty and often counterproductive regulations that impose needless burdens on the public and raise the costs of producing and using useful chemicals, and even when chemicals are not banned, the flawed results often produce unwarranted health scares.

Author
Angela Logomasini is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, focusing on environmental regulation, particularly chemical regulation.
Angela.Logomasini@cei.org