formaldehyde assessment to implement a new approach. However, models for conducting IRIS assessments more effectively and efficiently are available, and the committee provides several examples in the present report. Thus, EPA might be able to make changes in its process relatively quickly by selecting and adapting existing approaches. As exemplified by the recent revision of the approach used for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, this task is not insurmountable. If the methodologic issues are not addressed, future assessments may still have the same general and avoidable problems that are highlighted here.



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