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Inhofe Welcomes EPA’s Improvements to the Risk Assessment Process
WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, today welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of changes to the risk assessment process under the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).
“Increased transparency and proactive outreach to the scientific community and the public are critical to improving EPA's scientific process,” Senator Inhofe said. “I have been advocating for these critical changes since 2003 when I became chairman of EPW.
“The development of important risk assessment information should have always been transparent to the public and regulated communities. Contacting federal stakeholders, the scientific community and the public early in the risk assessment process will help identify available data and research, making the science on which these risk assessments are based more credible. It will also prevent delays later in the process. EPA will now be a more responsive, transparent and effective agency as a result of these changes.”
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