EPA Identifies Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

EPA identified an initial list of 64 pesticide active ingredients and nine HPV/pesticide inert chemicals to undergo Tier 1 screening in the EDSP.

On June 18, 2007, EPA issued its long-awaited draft list of chemicals selected for so-called “Tier 1” screening under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). EPA repeatedly emphasized in the notice, as well as in other statements it prepared relating to the notice, that the list should not be construed as a list of known or likely endocrine
disruptors. The final list of chemicals will be issued after the comment period closes and the agency reconsiders the list of 73 chemicals.

The endocrine disruptor screening program
According to EPA, evidence suggests that endocrine systems of certain fish and wildlife have been affected by chemical contaminants, resulting in developmental and reproductive problems. Based on this, Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) in 1996, requiring that EPA screen pesticide chemicals and environmental contaminants that might affect human or animal endocrine systems.

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