EPA issues notice for external peer review draft of recommended toxicity equivalency factors (TEF) for dioxin and

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the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to convene an independent panel of experts to organize and conduct an external peer review meeting to review the draft document titled “Recommended Toxicity Equivalency Factors (TEFs) for Human Health Risk Assessments of Dioxin and Dioxin-Like Compounds.” 74 Fed. Reg. 53233. The peer review meeting took place by teleconference on October 22, 2009. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the peer review report of the recommendations from the external peer review teleconference and any public comments that EPA receives.

EPA Announces Availability Of EDSP Testing Battery -- On October 21, 2009, EPA issued two notices concerning its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). In the first notice, EPA announced the EDSP Tier 1 battery of assays and availability of test guidelines for conducting the assays included in the battery. 74 Fed. Reg. 54416. In the second notice, EPA announced the issuance of the initial EDSP screening orders and the schedule of issuance. 74 Fed. Reg. 54422. EPA intends to issue test orders for the first group of 67 chemicals between October 29, 2009, and February 26, 2010. Screening data are due within two years of the date of the issuance of the order. Order recipients must respond according to the schedules contained in the order they receive. According to testing press articles, EPA issued the first 21 test rules on October 29,2009. EPA states that persons other than order recipients who wish to submit “other scientifically relevant information related to one of the chemical-specific orders” should submit that information within 90 days of the order issuance date. The notice includes the following order issuance schedule:

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