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Environment California, August, 2005

Toxic chemicals from pesticides, flame retardants and industrial chemicals are building up in our bodies causing brain damage, reproductive defects, obesity, cancers, and other health problems and diseases.

To eliminate these threats to our health, Environment California is supporting SB 600, authored by Senators Deborah Ortiz (Sacramento) and Don Perata (East Bay).  The bill would allow us to start tracking the toxic chemicals in our bodies so that we can use the information to begin reducing the toxic threats to our health.

Special interests like the chemical industry are working to make sure this legislation fails when it is next heard in the Assembly.  Please take a moment to ask your assemblymember to support this important legislation. Then, ask your friends and family to help by forwarding this e-mail to them.

To take action, click on the link below or paste it into your Web browser: http://environmentcalifornia.org/envirocaliftoxics.asp?id=112&id4=ES


Background

Our bodies are maps of our own chemical exposure.  Today, there are more than 85,000 synthetic chemicals registered for use in the United States.  These chemicals are building up in our bodies, often entering them without our knowledge.

Environment California has worked for years to improve the health of Californians, especially the most vulnerable populations, by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals.  We are working now with a coalition of organizations like the Breast Cancer Fund to pass this critical piece of legislation establishing the first statewide, community-based biomonitoring program, that would analyze blood, urine, and breast milk samples for harmful chemicals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already committed between $1.5 and $2 million to California for this program.

The data produced through biomonitoring can support efforts to improve public health by highlighting trends in chemical exposures, identifying disproportionately affected and particularly vulnerable communities, assessing the effectiveness of current regulations, and setting priorities for legislative and regulatory action.  Biomonitoring research can help scientists, medical professionals, and our communities to better understand the effects of environmental contaminants on human health. 

Under SB 600 (Ortiz & Perata), biomonitoring would take place on a strictly voluntary and confidential basis.  In addition, participants in the biomonitoring program would receive consultation, health care referrals, follow-up counseling, and access to educational activities and materials addressing possible routes of chemical exposure and ways to reduce such exposure. 

Please take a moment to ask your assembly member to support this critical legislation establishing a statewide, community-based biomonitoring program in California when it comes up in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and on the Assembly Floor in August.  Then, ask your friends and family to help by forwarding this e-mail to them.

To take action, click on the link below or paste it into your Web browser: http://environmentcalifornia.org/envirocaliftoxics.asp?id=112&id4=ES

Sincerely,

Dan Jacobson
Environment California Legislative Director
DanJ@environmentcalifornia.org
http://www.EnvironmentCalifornia.org
 

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