IRIS Public Stakeholder Meeting (November 2012)
On November 13, 2012, EPA held a meeting in Arlington Virginia to hear the views of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program from the public and interested stakeholders about changes that are underway to improve the IRIS Program.
Committed to proactively engaging stakeholders, EPA is increasing transparency, and using the best available science to develop these assessments. This public meeting was the beginning of an ongoing dialogue about IRIS with open public participation. Environmental protection decisions, based in part on EPA's IRIS assessments, can have potentially large impacts on the environment, human health and the economy. Because of this, it is important that EPA benefit from stakeholder and scientific engagement to support the best decisions possible.
EPA convened a public stakeholder meeting at EPA’s Potomac Yards facility in Arlington, VA, and by webinar/teleconference. More than 450 individuals, from a wide variety of organizations from multiple sectors, participated in the meeting. Stakeholders provided comments on several aspects of the IRIS Program, including communication, transparency, throughput, trust, stakeholder engagement, and others.
A summary of the meeting, including information about stakeholders’ comments, is provided in the Summary Report for the IRIS Public Stakeholder Meeting (PDF) (11pp, 739Kb). This meeting was intended to be a first step in an on-going dialogue between the IRIS Program and stakeholders. Since that time, EPA has announced enhancements to the IRIS Process, which include increased opportunities for public and stakeholder dialogue. Information about upcoming public meetings is available on the IRIS website.
IRIS Public Stakeholder Meeting
November 13, 2012 - 1:00-5:00pm
EPA South Potomac Yards Building
Crystal City, Virginia
|1:00-1:05||Introduction and Overview of the Meeting
Samantha Jones, PhD - Former NCEA-IRIS Division Associate Director for Science
Glenn Paulson, PhD – Former EPA Science Advisor to the Administrator
|1:10-1:25||Vision for the Future of IRIS
Kenneth Olden, PhD, ScD, LHD - Former NCEA Director
EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System Program
|1:25-1:35||Recent Improvements in IRIS
Vincent Cogliano, PhD - Former NCEA-IRIS Division Director
Recent Improvements in IRIS
|1:35-3:00||Panelist Views on IRIS
|5:00||Closing remarks and adjourn meeting|