[Pharmwaste] Scientists criticize EPA chemical screening program

DeBiasi,Deborah dldebiasi at deq.virginia.gov
Wed May 30 10:33:01 EDT 2007


NEWS	Science/Medicine	 

Scientists criticize EPA chemical screening program

Experts worry agency's program will miss harmful effects on hormones;
agency counters program developed in an open manner 

09:27 PM CDT on Sunday, May 27, 2007

By SUE GOETINCK AMBROSE / The Dallas Morning News 

sgoetinck at dallasnews.com 

TROY OXFORD/DMN Staff Illustration 

Scientists say the Bush administration is developing a chemical testing
program that favors the chemical industry when it comes to judging
whether certain substances in the environment might cause cancer,
infertility, or harm to babies in the womb. 

What's billed as one of the most comprehensive screening programs ever
to check whether chemicals can disrupt human hormones, scientists say,
may instead prove to be a misleading $76 million waste. Federal
officials defend the program, which aims to identify so-called
"endocrine disruptors." They say that no tests can cover everything, and
that the process of setting up the program has been open and

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Deborah L. DeBiasi
Email:   dldebiasi at deq.virginia.gov
WEB site address:  www.deq.virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Water Permit Programs
Industrial Pretreatment/Toxics Management Program
Mail:          P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA  23218 (NEW!)
Location:  629 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA  23219
PH:         804-698-4028
FAX:      804-698-4032

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