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    EPA Orders Chemical Testing for Hormone Effects Release date: 10/29/2009 Contact Information: Skip Anderson, anderson.skip@epa.gov, 202-564-9551, 202-564-4355
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      EPA Orders Chemical Testing for Hormone Effects

      Release date: 10/29/2009

      Contact Information: Skip Anderson, anderson.skip@..., 202-564-9551,

      WASHINGTON � The U.S. Environmental Protection
      Agency has issued the first test orders for pesticide chemicals to be screened
      for their potential effects on the endocrine system. Endocrine disruptors are
      chemicals that interact with and disrupt the hormones produced or secreted by
      human and animal endocrine systems, which regulate growth, metabolism and

      �After years of delay, EPA is aggressively moving forward
      by ordering the testing of a number of pesticide chemicals for hormone effects,�
      said Steve Owens, assistant administrator of EPA�s Office of Prevention,
      Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. �These new data will be carefully evaluated to
      help identify potential hormone disruptor chemicals.�

      On Oct. 21, EPA
      made available the battery of scientific assays and test guidelines for
      conducting the assays, as well as a schedule for issuing test orders to
      manufacturers for 67 chemicals during the next four months. The data generated
      from the screens will provide robust and systematic scientific information to
      help EPA identify whether additional testing is necessary, or whether other
      steps are necessary to address potential endocrine disrupting chemicals.

      Testing, conducted through the agency�s Endocrine Disruptor Screening
      Program, will eventually expand to cover all pesticide chemicals. Now that
      screening is under way for the first group of chemicals, EPA is preparing to
      review the responses, evaluate the data, determine the potential of endocrine
      interaction, and whether additional testing is necessary to guide further

      The EDSP is the most comprehensive mandated testing program
      for hormone effects in the U.S. The program is the result of a multi-year effort
      that includes validation of the science through a transparent scientific review

      More information about the screening program: http://www.epa.gov/endo

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      Deborah Elaine Barrie
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      Smiths Falls, On
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      What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
      Albert Pine

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