Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Rep. Nancy Pelosi Announces the Release of a GAO Report on Environmental Health and Human Exposure; Long-Term-Coordinated Strategy Needed

See attached GAO summary.        Committee Hearing Photo

May 2, 2000

Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced the release of a GAO report on environmental pollutants and human exposure to harmful chemicals today during a House Subcommittee hearing on Children and Environmental Health. Several House colleagues joined Pelosi in June of 1998 to request a comprehensive report on federal and state efforts to collect and use the human exposure data needed to link chemicals in the environment with adverse health effects, particularly for identifying potentially at-risk populations.

"Everyone has the right to live in an environment free of deadly pollutants and toxic waste, and every child has a right to be born free of exposure to toxic chemicals. But today, millions of Americans work and live in environments full of dangerous contaminants. We must make a commitment to do the research and gather the data that will help us understand the effect of chemicals on human health," said Representative Pelosi.

In its report, the GAO found:

GAO recommends a more coordinated federal strategy for the short and long-term monitoring and reporting of human exposures to potentially toxic chemicals. This coordination will eliminate unnecessary duplication, better utilize the expertise of federal agencies, set research priorities, and consider states’ information needs.

"The release of the GAO study today sends a serious and direct message to Congress that we must do more to protect our communities and place a higher priority on measuring human exposure to toxic chemicals."

See attached GAO summary.

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