Pollutants' links with diseases "underestimated"

Risk assessments must reflect new science, group says; commission denies overplaying health impacts

Existing risk assessments based on conventional science such as toxicology "dramatically underestimate" the links between pollutants and diseases including cancers and asthma, according to lobby group Women in Europe (WECF). Citing new discoveries presented by scientists at a WECF conference in Brussels on Tuesday, the group said risk assessments must be reformed to reflect "revolution in science". During the meeting a European commission official denied a report in ENDS Europe Daily that the commission had admitted to exaggerating environmental impacts on human health in the past (EED 22/11/06). See WECF press release.

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