California begins biomonitoring initiative

Last week California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed a bill to establish a state-wide biomonitoring program aimed at helping to identify populations at-risk from long-term chemical exposures as well as isolate the trends that put certain groups in harm’s way. According to Environmental Science & Technology, public health officials are gaining confidence in the importance of biomonitoring as the method has helped uncover hidden threats as it did with an arsenic-laden skin cream in New York City.

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CA State Senator Deborah Ortiz on importance of biomonitoring.

Body Burden: The Pollution in People: EWG’s comprehensive studies of the multiple chemical contaminants found in humans. (In short: 455 industrial pollutants, pesticides and other chemicals in blood, urine, and breast milk in 72 people altogether, from newborns and and grandparents to mothers and teens.)

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