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EPA Seeks Scientific Peer Review on PFOA

Release Date: 01/12/2005
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Contact: Enesta Jones 202-564-7873 /

(01/12/05) Today EPA announced that an outside panel of scientific experts will review a preliminary draft PFOA risk assessment. The agency is seeking scientific peer review on the preliminary assessment to ensure that the approaches being used are scientifically sound. The preliminary assessment does not provide conclusions regarding potential levels of concern. The Science Advisory Board is scheduled to conduct its review on Feb. 22 and 23, 2005, in Washington, DC., and the panel report is expected several months later. PFOA is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of a wide range of non-stick surfaces. The agency is continuing to work with industry and other interested parties to develop the information that will be necessary to better understand the sources and routes of exposure in humans, determine whether PFOA poses any risks to human health and the environment, and what voluntary or regulatory actions, if any, may be necessary. The preliminary draft PFOA risk assessment, information on the meeting and additional information on PFOA are available at: .