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V.P. GORE ANNOUNCES PROG. IN PUBLIC'S RTK ABOUT CHEMICAL


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From: Wayne Pferdehirt (pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu)
Date: Fri Oct 09 1998 - 20:20:54 CDT


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-Wayne

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From: Margaret Nover <pdxp2@hevanet.com>
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Subject: V.P. GORE ANNOUNCES PROG. IN PUBLIC'S RTK ABOUT CHEMICALS
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 14:41:39 -0700

Thought others might be interested in this....

VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO CLOSE GAP IN

PUBLIC'S RIGHT-TO-KNOW ABOUT POTENTIALLY HARMFUL CHEMICALS

BOSTON, MA-Vice President Gore announced today that, "under a new
program, companies will voluntarily test the human health and
environmental effects of the chemicals they manufacture and make the
information availible to the public.

     "This major new effort will close a gap in the public's right-to-
know about potential harmful chemicals released into our air, our
land, and our water," the Vice President said of the agreement among
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Chemical Manufacturers'
Association, and the Environmental Defense Fund. "This effort honors
the public's right-to-know about possible risks to their families
while prompting companies to make more informed and sensible decisions
about chemical use."

     The program builds on the Vice President's Earth Day challenge to
     
the chemical industry to give Americans basic information about the
potential health effects of chemicals used widely in their
communities. Companies will voluntarily conduct test on the human
health and environmental effects of the chemicals they manufacture.
The American Petroleum Institute, whose members produce many of these
chemicals to be tested, endorsed the agreement.

     Test results will be immediately available, and testing of these
high-volume chemicals should be completed by the year 2004. To ensure
that Americans have adequate information on health effects, the EPA
will use its regulatory power to require more testing if companies do
not voluntarily provide the needed information in a timely manner.

     Today's announcement builds on Administration efforts to give
communities access to more information about chemicals released into
their air and water. EPA has doubled the number of chemicals subject
to reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory, which requires
industrial facilities to disclose how much chemical pollution they
release to the environment. Last year, the President [reported] a 30
percent increase in the number of facilities required to report data.
Of the 2,800 most widely-used chemicals, complete data on health
effects is available for only 7 percent.

     The public will be able to follow the progress in gaining
information about these chemicals on the Internet. The web address
for monitoring the progress of the program and the commitments of
participating chemical companies is

http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/chemrtk.

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Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E., AICP
U. of Wis., Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon Street, Room 532, Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250
pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu
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