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EPA moves to test 67 pesticides for hormonal activity

We’ve been talking a lot lately in Water Ways about potential endocrine disruptors. It seems that trace amounts of chemicals with potential effects on hormonal systems are turning up everywhere researchers take the time to look, from local streams to large estuaries — and they may be coming from common household products.

The latest development is an announcement this week by the Environmental Protection Agency, which is finally moving into a program to test chemicals on the market, beginning with 67 pesticides.

The following is a story I wrote for today’s Kitsap Sun. If you wish to dig further, a good deal of information can be found on EPA’s Web site dealing with the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Environmental Protection Agency will soon order the manufacturers of 67 pesticides to conduct tests to determine if chemical ingredients in their products can affect the hormonal systems of humans and animals.

These upcoming orders mark the beginning of a massive chemical screening program first envisioned in 1996, when Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act. The law called for testing potential endocrine disrupters, chemicals that interfere with body systems regulated by hormones, which travel through the blood.

Environmental and health advocates have long worried that common chemicals may be interfering with growth, reproduction and metabolism by triggering unnatural responses by endocrine glands. These glands include the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands, along with ovaries in females and testes in males.

“Endocrine disrupters can cause lifelong health problems — especially for children,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement. “Gathering this information will help us work with communities and industry to protect Americans from harmful exposure.”

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