• GAO Report Criticizes EPA's Chemical Risk Assessment Process
  • May 15, 2008
  • Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is looking into a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that says the Bush Administration is hampering the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to adequately assess health dangers of toxic chemicals. A review process begun by the White House in 2004 and formally adopted by the EPA earlier this month allows other agencies, including the Defense Department, to participate in the risk assessment process earlier. The GAO report, obtained by the Associated Press, said the EPA’s ability to conduct timely, science-based risks assessments was being undermined by allowing greater involvement in the process by nonscientists, often in secret. The GAO concluded that the administration’s decision to give the Defense Department and other agencies an early role in the process adds years of delays in acting on harmful chemicals and jeopardizes the program’s credibility.

    “By law the EPA must protect our families from dangerous chemicals,” said Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA). “Instead, their protecting the chemical companies.”