Environmental Economics

Problems in the Use of Toxicological Data for Human Risk Assessment

The purpose of this paper was to examine some of the difficulties that arise from using EPA's protocols for collecting toxicological data in assessing risk to humans. EPA protocol for obtaining data from animals and microorganisms uses state-of-the-art toxicological procedures and is laid out in the Pesticides Assessment Guidelines. The following issues are discussed: 1) the relevance of the studies to humans, 2) problems associated with chronic and long-term studies, and 3) possible usefulness of inter-risk comparisons.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Quantification without Monetization
    Environmental Media:
    d. Chemicals
    d. Chemicals - Toxic Substances
    d. Chemicals - Pesticides
    Smith, Martyn T.
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    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation, Methodology Guidelines
    Inventory Record #: EE-0102
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    Research Organization:

    California at Berkeley, University of, School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences ProgramAddress:
    City: Berkeley State: CA ZIP: 94720
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection AgencyAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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    Date Linked: 08/25/2017