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IRIS Toxicological Review of 2-Hexanone (External Review Draft)

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EPA is conducting a peer review of the scientific basis supporting the human health hazard and dose-response assessment of 2-hexanone that will appear on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database. Peer review is meant to ensure that science is used credibly and appropriately in derivation of the dose-response assessments and toxicological characterization.

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Public Comments

Comments on the assessment may be submitted and reviewed using the e-Government Regulations.gov Web site. From the site, select Environmental Protection Agency and the keyword EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0048 (for the docket ID).

2-Hexanone was nominated for IRIS assessment because of its frequent detection at sites nationwide and its occurrence as a byproduct of certain industrial processes. 2-Hexanone has been used as a solvent for lacquers, ink thinners, nitrocellulose, resins, oils, fats and waxes. The only U.S. producer of 2-hexanone, the Tennessee Eastman Company division of Eastman Kodak, discontinued its production of 2-hexanone in 1979 and sold its remaining reserves by 1981.


Jan 2008EPA completes the Interagency Review of the 2-hexanone Toxicological Risk Assessment.
Feb 2008EPA releases the first assessment of 2-hexanone in the IRIS database for public comment and review in preparation for an External Peer Review.
Mar 2008EPA released the external review draft for the Toxicological Review of 2-Hexane.
May 2008An external peer review panel workshop was hosted by an independent contractor on the Toxicological Review of 2-Hexanone (External Review Draft).
Sep 2009EPA released the Final Toxicological Review (PDF) (136 pp, 964K) and accompanying Summary for 2-Hexanone to the IRIS Web site.

Next Steps

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


U.S. EPA. IRIS Toxicological Review of 2-Hexanone (External Review Draft). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, NCEA-S-2764, 2008.

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