EPA Found Lacking in Public Disclosures About Chemical Risks

Sept. 9, 2021, 3:25 PM

The EPA hasn’t consistently flagged the public about the risks of harmful contaminants such as lead and PFAS in their neighborhoods, according to a Thursday report from the agency’s internal watchdog.

The lapses are happening because the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management lacks a national risk communication strategy, consistent guidelines on when to communicate risks, and consistent use of tools to improve public notice efforts, according to the Office of Inspector General.

  • The EPA said it agreed with the findings and would take steps to fix them, including establishing a nationally consistent strategy for notifying the ...

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