The Resource Environmental Protection Agency: Use of Precautionary Assumptions in Health Risk Assessments and Benefits Estimates

Environmental Protection Agency: Use of Precautionary Assumptions in Health Risk Assessments and Benefits Estimates

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Environmental Protection Agency: Use of Precautionary Assumptions in Health Risk Assessments and Benefits Estimates
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Environmental Protection Agency: Use of Precautionary Assumptions in Health Risk Assessments and Benefits Estimates
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Language
eng
Summary
Some of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations set standards that limit environmental contaminants' to levels that are determined, in large part, on the basis of the health risks they pose. For example, EPA sets health-based air quality standards under the Clean Air Act. For such actions, EPA also estimates the benefits of the health-based standards. These benefits primarily represent the estimated dollar value of reductions in assessed risks to human health-illnesses and deaths avoided as a result of decreased pollution. However, when EPA assesses the health risks of contaminants, the agency is faced with uncertainties and gaps in scientific knowledge and data. As a result, EPAs risk assessments include assumptions about the relationship between specific contaminants and health effects, some of which are precautionary that is, they are intended to ensure that the agency does not underestimate health risks. But using such precautionary assumptions to estimate benefits could produce overly optimistic estimates of the benefits of regulatory actions
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DTICE
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non fiction
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GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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  • Risk
  • Health
  • Environmental protection
  • Test and evaluation
  • Estimates
  • Reduction
  • Standards
  • Contaminants
  • Benefits
  • Regulations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
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Environmental Protection Agency: Use of Precautionary Assumptions in Health Risk Assessments and Benefits Estimates
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Publication
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Report to Congressional Requesters
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
43 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227935967
  • (OCoLC)ocn227935967
Label
Environmental Protection Agency: Use of Precautionary Assumptions in Health Risk Assessments and Benefits Estimates
Publication
Note
Report to Congressional Requesters
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
43 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227935967
  • (OCoLC)ocn227935967

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