The CDC begins its National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures

Posted by Trish Riley, July 16, 2009

“What you are hearing is pent up frustration at the lack of action from the most impacted communities,” said Robert Bullard professor of sociology at Clark Atlanta University…

It’s now clear that despite the proliferation of environmental regulations and past decades’ progress in curtailing the kind of industrial pollution that plagued the country throughout the twentieth century (and before), that current policies and practices do not adequately protect the public from exposure to chemical hazards. Contamination from long polluted sites persists in communities all across the country, as do ongoing adverse impacts of industrial chemicals used in manufacturing, agriculture and pest control. At the same time there’s growing evidence that synthetic chemicals used in consumer products have permeated Americans’ lives and bodies – as documented by the CDC’s own surveys – and that these substances may be affecting health at levels encountered regularly. Reforming policy to address current chemical realities will require changes at many levels.

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