Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Sulfur Oxides – Health Criteria (Second External Review Draft, May 2008)
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EPA has released for public comment and independent expert peer review the second external review draft of a document entitled, Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur Oxides – Health Criteria. Sulfur oxides is one of six principal (or criteria) pollutants for which EPA has established national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The Clean Air Act requires EPA to periodically review the scientific basis for these standards by preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA), formerly called an Air Quality Criteria Document (AQCD). The draft ISA was prepared as part of the review of the primary or human health-based NAAQS for sulfur oxides. The draft ISA evaluates and integrates the newly available health evidence, and contains the key information and judgments formerly found in the AQCD. A series of Annexes to the draft ISA provides more extensive and detailed summaries of the most pertinent scientific literature. This is EPA’s latest evaluation of the scientific literature on the potential adverse health effects resulting from exposures to sulfur oxides, particularly sulfur dioxide or SO2. There are significant new data, particularly epidemiological studies, that strengthen the evidence for these effects since the last scientific review.
|1969||EPA published the first Air Quality Criteria for Particulate Matter and Air Quality Criteria for Sulfur Oxides.|
|1970||EPA published an update to the Air Quality Criteria for Particulate Matter and Air Quality Criteria for Sulfur Oxides.|
|1977||The Air Quality Criteria Document (including 3 volumes) were updated in response to specific requirements of Section 108 of the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1977.|
|1982||EPA published an update to the Air Quality Criteria for Particulate Matter and Sulfur Oxides.|
|1986||In Dec, EPA published the Second Addendum to Air Quality Criteria for Particulate Matter and Sulfur Oxides (1982): Assessment of New Findings on Sulfur Dioxide and Acute Exposure Health Effects in Asthmatic Individuals.|
|1994||EPA published the Supplement to the Second Addendum (1986) to Air Quality Criteria for Particulate Matter and Sulfur Oxides (1982): Assessment of New Findings on Sulfur Dioxide and Acute Exposure Health Effects in Asthmatic Individuals.|
|2006||In May, EPA put out a call for related information as part of an undertaking to update the science assessment for sulfur oxides.|
|Feb 2007||EPA hosts a workshop on the assessment of health science for the review of the NAAQS for Nitrogen (NOx) and Sulfur Oxides (SOx).|
|Sep 2007||EPA releases the First External Review Draft for external peer review and public comment.|
|Dec 2007||EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) hosts a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee's (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides (SOx) Primary NAAQS Review Panel (Panel) to conduct a peer review of the report.|
|May 2008||EPA releases the Second External Review Draft (see Downloads for documents) for external peer review and public comment.|