Monday, June 20, 2005

CDC to release 3rd report on chemicals in humans

From the Society of Environmental Journalists:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is tentatively scheduled to release the Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals at the end of June 2005, though that timing (first planned for early 2005) could be delayed once again. The report will offer the best available data on the 'body burden' of chemicals carried by US residents. About 150 chemicals are expected to be documented in this year's report, an increase from 116 in the previous report, released in January 2003, and 27 in the first report, released in March 2001.

In addition to covering more substances, the third report may provide better trend information for a few substances, as well as improved breakouts by categories such as age, sex, and race. Substances monitored in the third report are expected to include 13 metals, 43 pesticides, 12 phthalates, 6 phytoestrogens, 23 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, 17 dioxins and furans, 34 PCBs, and tobacco smoke."

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