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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:44:26 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] EDF comments on TCE draft risk evaluation
EPA’s draft risk evaluation of trichloroethylene contains major scientific flaws that understate the chemical’s risk and demand robust review

By Richard Denison 
Environmental Defense Fund
March 19, 2020

Yesterday Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft risk evaluation for the highly toxic chemical trichloroethylene, or TCE.

This draft, readers will recall, is the document that the Trump White House forced EPA to dramatically weaken just prior to public release, as reported in detail by Elizabeth Shogren of Reveal News.

It is also the document that EPA seems intent on subjecting to a rushed peer review next week in a 4-day virtual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) – despite numerous reasons why, in the midst of the current COVID-19 public health crisis, such a meeting simply will not provide the robust scientific review that this draft warrants.  EDF has urged EPA to postpone the SACC reviewso that it can be done under circumstances that are conducive to a proper review and fair to SACC members and stakeholders who would like to participate.


For the entire blog, see

For the full comments, see http://blogs.edf.org/health/files/2020/03/EDF_TCE_Comment_SACC-3-18-20-FINAL.pdf


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
A project of the Pacific Studies Center
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