We are continually bettering our understanding the interactions between chemical exposure and public health outcomes. Chemicals are regulated in the United States under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). All chemicals must be reviewed and tested before approved for public use, but many environmental and health advocacy groups this testing is not thorough or complete enough to capture the complexity of the chemical’s effects to ecological and human health.
RESOLVE has worked with federal agencies, industry, consumer groups, public health groups, and environmental groups to work through some of these concerns. Our staff has played key roles in:
- Convening a national dialogue on emerging chemicals and public health
- Developing consensus letters from the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee advising the EPA Administrator on evaluating existing and new chemicals to better take into account children’s health
RESOLVE is a partner in an IDIQ contract from EPA for peer review of toxicological science issues.
Selected RESOLVE success:
United Nations Environment Program, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, Consultative Process on Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes
RESOLVE was asked to facilitate meetings with country delegates in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand, and again in 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa, to develop an action plan and resources to implement multilateral conventions and treaties on hazardous waste and chemicals.
National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures
In 2009, RESOLVE partnered with the CDC and public health NGOs on a national project to develop an action agenda to strengthen U.S. approaches to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures. In 2010, the National Conversation released its Action Agenda, available here: http://www.nationalconversation.us/.
Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee
From 2002 to 2009, RESOLVE facilitated the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC), a federal advisory committee of public health advocates, corporate medical experts, environmental advocates, state environmental agency staff, public and private water facility staff, and risk assessors to develop consensus recommendations to the EPA administrator on environmental regulations, policies, and science priorities that affect children’s environmental health. The CHPAC specifically wrote letters pertaining to evaluation criteria for existing and new chemicals, managing chemicals, and pesticide use and farm workers.
Endocrine Disruptors Methods Validation Advisory Committee
From 2004 to 2006, RESOLVE facilitated the EPA Endocrine Disruptors Methods Validation Advisory Committee. The committee provided recommendations on how the EPA should test chemicals for endocrine disrupting effects.