National Conversation Starts on Public Health and Chemical Exposure
The CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recently kicked off their National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposure with a day-long meeting on June 26, 2009 in Washington, DC. The National Conversation
is a stakeholder and public involvement initiative intended to develop an action agenda for protecting public health through the safe use and management of chemicals. In a keynote address, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson described chemical management policy as a “meat and potatoes” issue, and announced that she believed “the time has come for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act, the 30-year old statute for regulating industrial chemicals.” She pledged to “work with Congress and all of our stakeholders on this important effort.” Time will tell. . . .