Unfortunately EPA has a long history of fabricating absurd “benefits” from “addressing” trivial to non-extant “risks” while undervaluing the costs of “action” by orders of magnitude.
One of the most important U.S. EPA officials is somebody you probably don’t know.
Vincent Cogliano is the new acting director of the Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS, which assesses health risks posed by — you name it — automobile exhaust, tobacco smoke, chemicals in drinking water. EPA uses the assessments to guide its regulation writing, the focus of intense scrutiny these days on Capitol Hill.
IRIS, Cogliano said, is “kind of the center of everything EPA does scientifically.”
“IRIS is EPA’s program to evaluate scientific information on the adverse health effects of chemical contaminants in the environment,” he said. “IRIS contains information on more than 500 chemicals and is consulted by scientists and decisionmaking officials in EPA and other environmental health agencies worldwide.” (Greenwire)