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Title: Cumulative Risk Assessment (CRA) 2013 Webinar Series
Date: September 25, 2013
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Webinar

Join us for the monthly webinar series presenting the latest research findings in cumulative risk assessment and impacts.

EPA’s Risk Assessment Forum Cumulative Risk Assessment (CRA) Technical Panel is currently developing guidelines on CRA and NCER is funding extramural research to advance the science further and introduce additional strategies for examining combinations of chemical, physical and biological stressors while factoring in population vulnerabilities.

Invited speakers will present on a wide range of cumulative risk topics to inform participants about the development of the Agency’s CRA Guidelines.

The CRA Webinar Series will be presented monthly to run through December 2013. The CRA Webinar Series is open to the public to stimulate wider discourse on cumulative risk themes generally.

The September Webinar will feature:

What will you learn?
  1. The question of whether EPA may survive a legal challenge to its discretion to make decisions based on data derived from cumulative risk assessment (CRA) rests on two questions:
    1. Does the language of the enabling statute under which the decision was made (e.g., Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, etc.) allow EPA to interpret its directive as providing authority to use this methodology?
    2. Are the CRA methodology, the results derived from that analysis, and EPA’s use of those results reasonable?
  2. Whether a particular CRA is an appropriate basis for Agency policy or regulatory decision-making is a fact-driven inquiry that would involve case-by-case judicial examination.
  3. Environmental statutes directing EPA to take action necessary to “protect the public health” likely provide authority for EPA to use CRA in various types of decision-making, even if the Agency has not considered such analyses in the past implementation of the statute. However, EPA’s CRA methodology and the Agency’s use of the results must be scientifically reasonable.
Presentation: Legal Authority for EPA to Use Cumulative Risk Assessments in Environmental Decision-making
Contact: Devon Payne-Sturges (payne-sturges.devon@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8055
Registration: Register Now Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Additional info: Webinar Overview
Save the Date (PDF) (1 pg, 2.25 MB)

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