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EPA releases draft assessing ammonia dangers

June 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the release of its draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) health assessment for ammonia, according to a press release.

The draft assessment will be available for public comment for 60 days and will be sent for independent expert peer review, the release stated.

According to the release, the draft assessment includes an estimate of the amount of ammonia a person can inhale daily throughout a lifetime that is not likely to cause harmful health effects, which is less stringent than the current value for ammonia on IRIS.

The draft IRIS assessment for ammonia represents major progress for the EPA in implementing the April 2011 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recommendations for improving IRIS assessments, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.