Monday, October 25, 2010

Senate Hearing on Toxic Chemicals and Children's Environmental Health - Tuesday (Oct. 26th)

In a subcommittee event to be held away from Washington DC, the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health will hold a hearing in Newark, New Jersey called "Toxic Chemicals and Children’s Environmental Health."  Headlining the event will be EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who is returning to her old turf (she was previously head of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection).  

The meeting will be held tomorrow, October 26th, in the Oral Health Pavilion Multi-purpose room at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. The hearing starts at 10:30 am EDT.

While Jackson will provide the sole remarks in the first panel, many will recognize the name of Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and once floated as a possible Surgeon General, who will lead off the second panel.  Also testifying in the second panel will be Lisa Huguenin (a New Jersey mother of child with autism and an immune system disorder), Steven Marcus (Executive and Medical Director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System and Professor at the New Jersey Medical School of The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey), and Frederica Perera (Director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and Professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health).  

The subcommittee chair is New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who introduced the Kid Safe Chemical Acts of 2005 and 2008 (neither of which made it out of committee) and the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 (which is likely also to sit largely untouched for the rest of this legislative term).  

More information and copies of testimony will be available at the subcommittee web site.

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