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PA PLANS FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS

Release Date: 10/18/96
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PA PLANS FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1996

EPA SPONSORS PUBLIC MEETING ON PLANS
FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS

EPA is holding a two-day public meeting with interested stakeholder groups to discuss plans to form an advisory committee to assist the Agency in establishing an appropriate screening and testing program for pesticides and other chemicals to determine their potential to disrupt the endrocrine functions in humans and wildlife. The meeting will be in Washington, D.C., Oct. 31-Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. N.W. (3 blocks NE of the Foggy Bottom Metro station at New Hampshire Ave. and M St.). Recent legislation including the Food Quality Protection Act and amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act call for a strategy from EPA to screen and test chemicals for potential endocrine disrupting risk to humans, fish and wildlife. EPA believes that the best way to address these issues is to create a broadly representative advisory committee (under the Federal Advisory Committee Act) involving the chemical industry, federal and state government agencies, and other scientific experts from academia and environmental, labor and health organizations. The advisory committee is expected to meet approximately every two months over the next year. Persons who want to attend the two-day meeting should register with Donald Walker no later than Oct. 24 (301-907-3844, extension 247). Reservations will be accepted on a first-come basis. Today's announcement was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 17.

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