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GAO calls for shorter assessment process, better oversight of toxic chemicals

The Government Accountability Office is calling on EPA to shorten its scientific assessment process for toxic chemicals and adopt transparent practices to ensure the assessments are based on the best available science "and are not inappropriately biased by policy considerations of [the Office of Management and Budget] or other federal agencies that have a vested interest in the results of … the assessments." GAO also suggests that Congress amend TSCA to enhance EPA oversight of toxic chemicals.

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