Since 2004 is an
election year, some for obvious reasons might think the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) might not be as ambitious as it
otherwise could be. However, there is little likelihood of a precipitous decline in rulemaking activities. This column summarizes key rulemaking and policy developments expected in 2004.
Several reports should be released in 2004 that will attract significant attention
to the issue of chemical body burden (biomonitoring).
The World Wildlife Fund, U.K. office, is scheduled to publish findings on contaminants found in people in Europe. (See http://www.wwf.org.uk.)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intends to release its Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals,
perhaps as soon as late 2004. Also, the California Body Burden Campaign is lobbying for legislation to establish a state biomonitoring program; a key vote was expected in early 2004.