EWG Petitions CDC to Test for PFOA

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December 6, 2002

Ms. Dorothy Sussman Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Environmental Health Division of Laboratory Sciences Mail Stop F-20 4770 Buford Highway Atlanta, Georgia 30341

Dear Ms. Sussman:

We are writing to nominate the category of perfluorinated chemicals for inclusion in future releases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals(the “Report”).

Justification for this nomination is drawn from our review of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s public Administrative Record on perfluorinated chemicals (AR-226), a collection of over 1130 documents, including PFC studies conducted over the past 30 years and accumulated by the Agency primarily over the past two years.
These studies document the widespread use of PFCs in consumer products, their toxicity, and the universal occurrence of these chemicals in the general population, at concentrations that exceed standard safety margins for public health protection.

At your request we can provide copies of any of the scientific materials referenced in our written justification for our nomination, which is attached to this letter.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kristina Thayer, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

Jane Houlihan
Vice President for Research

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