Challenges Author: KAREN YOUNG KREEGER, pp.1
Date: June 27,1994

The members of the Risk Assessment and Management Commission (RAMC), which held its first meeting last month in Washington, D.C., apparently have their work cut out for them. Hampered by a two-year delay in its formation, the commission faces a November deadline to fulfill its congressional mandate to evaluate current standards and methods of assessing environmental hazards and to recommend how that information should be used.

Complicating that task and one of the first priorities for the 10-member panel, according to some of the commission members and other observers, is the need to define more specifically the parameters and goals of RAMC's charge.

At stake in the commission's deliberations is more than just a blueprint for Congress and public policymakers to follow in determining and regulating such environmental hazards as air pollution and toxic wastes, says RAMC chairman Gilbert Omenn, elected...

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