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PA EPA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON GUIDELINES FOR RISK ASSESSMENT

Release Date: 09/08/96
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PA EPA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON GUIDELINES FOR RISK ASSESSMENT

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1996

EPA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENCY-WIDE GUIDELINES FOR ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT

EPA is seeking public comment on its "Proposed Guidelines for Ecological Risk Assessment," scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Sept. 9. The proposed guidelines expand EPA's 1992 report "Framework for Ecological Risk Assessment" (EPA/630/R-92/001). Ecological risk assessment is a process for organizing and analyzing data, information, assumptions and uncertainties to evaluate the likelihood of adverse ecological effects. The proposed guidelines were designed to improve the quality of EPA's ecological risk assessments and increase the consistency of assessments among the Agency's regional and program offices. Comments are due to the Agency by Dec. 9. The proposed guidelines can be accessed electronically via

Internet at

http://www.epa.gov/ORD/WebPubs/fedreg. For more information, call Bill van der Schalie at EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment at 202-260-4191.

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