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Workshop on Research Needs Related to Naphthalene Assessment (2005)

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Report Information

EPA has announced the release of the final report from the 2005 peer consultation workshop which sought expert opinion on research needs related to the mode of action of the inhalation carcinogenicity of naphthalene. This report is a summary of the main points of presentations and highlights discussions among the participants.

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Background

Naphthalene is used as a moth repellant and toilet bowl deodorant, in the manufacture of numerous chemicals, in veterinary antiseptics to irrigate wounds, and as an external medication to control lice on livestock. It is a constituent of creosote, tar and fossil fuels and is released during the combustion of organic material and from automobile exhaust.

History/Chronology

1998EPA revised the IRIS Summary and Toxicological Review of Naphthalene and released an external review draft for public comment.
Jun 2004EPA revised the IRIS Summary and Toxicological Review of Naphthalene and released an external review draft for public comment.
Jul 2004EPA hosted an External Peer Review Panel Meeting of a revised inhalation carcinogenicity assessment.
Mar 2005EPA hosted a Peer Consultation Workshop on research needs related to the mode of action of inhalation carcinogenicity which was held on April 7, 2005.
Aug 2005EPA released the Final Peer Consultation Report from the workshop.

Next Steps

Following the External Peer Review, the final assessment is scheduled to be posted to the IRIS database.

Additional Information

For more information about naphthalene visit the IRIS Web site at http://www.epa.gov/IRIS.

Citation

U.S. EPA. Workshop on Research Needs Related to Naphthalene Assessment (2005). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/635/R-05/003, 2005.

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