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ACC Comments on EPA Evaluation of the "Low Dose Hypothesis"


Contact: Scott Jensen (202) 249-6511  
Email: scott_jensen@americanchemistry.com

EPA draft report affirms that evidence is, at best, very weak

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2013)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) today published its draft state of the science report on non-monotonic dose responses and low-dose effects. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement:

“ACC welcomes EPA’s scientific re-evaluation of this important health and public policy issue. The conclusions of the Agency’s draft report affirms what main stream scientists have expressed for years: the purported scientific evidence for non-monotonic low dose exposures leading to endocrine disruption and adverse effects is, at best, very weak. When evaluated in the totality, the report indicates that the weight of the evidence does not support changing the way we evaluate chemical hazards or determining chemical risks.

“We are pleased the report will undergo robust, independent peer review by the National Academy of Sciences. Those on the peer review committee come to the table with a range of subject matter expertise and diverse scientific experience in toxicity evaluation and risk assessment. It is imperative that the peer review process guarantee a robust scientific exchange that includes adequate consideration of public comments and analyses of the report by outside experts.

“ACC is committed to constructively engaging with the scientific community and regulatory agencies and programs to enhance the scientific understanding of chemicals and how they may interact with the endocrine system. We believe in the importance of exploring new scientific theories and welcome relevant, credible evidence to ensure regulatory decisions are based on high quality science.”

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