A lack of resources is preventing the EPA from effectively performing chemical risk assessments, and the value of the assessments will diminish if things don't improve, according to a National Research Council report. One example noted by the NRC is the risk assessment of trichloroethylene, which has been under development for about two decades and won't be complete until 2010. The American Chemistry Council has said it agrees that the chemical risk assessment process needs improvement. "EPA has had difficulty keeping up with the science of risk assessment," said ACC senior toxicologist Rick Becker.
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