Environmental Protection

EPA's Problems with Collection and Management of Scientific Data and Its Efforts to Address Them Gao ID: T-RCED-95-174 May 12, 1995

The federal government's efforts to protect human health and the environment in an affordable way depend on understanding the risks posed by various pollutants, the manner in which they affect people and the environment, and the costs and the benefits of alternative strategies to prevent pollution or mitigate its effects. Sound scientific information is essential in this regard. This testimony discusses (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) problems in gathering and managing environmental data needed to do risk assessments, develop defensible pollution limits, and develop other regulations and (2) the status of EPA's responses to recommendations made by GAO and other organizations concerning the agency's scientific peer review process.

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