Reforming national chemicals safety policy to protect the health of workers and the public

Lecture | April 25 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquia

 Public Health, School of

In June 2016, with bipartisan support, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act—the first comprehensive reform in more than 40 years aimed at fixing the nation's badly outdated Toxic Chemicals Control Act of 1976. The Lautenberg Act includes improvements such as mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines and increased public transparency for chemical information.

Join us for an afternoon talk with Dr. Lynn Goldman, former administrator for toxic substances in the U.S. EPA and current dean at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, GWU. She will discuss the forces that brought about the reform, how the 1976 law was changed, and how the Trump Administration is implementing the act 2.5 years after then President Obama signed it into law. She will also address the implications for the public's health, particularly workers and vulnerable populations.

Talk: 3:30 to 4:30
Light reception: 4:30 to 5:30

Speaker's Bio:
Lynn R. Goldman MD, MPH, MS ’79, a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She is a renowned expert in pediatric environmental health and chemicals policy. She also has engaged in translating research to policy through writing policy analyses and via Congressional testimony in service of successful efforts by Congress to achieve passage of reforms both to federal pesticide law and federal chemicals law. Previously, she served as assistant administrator for Toxic Substances at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she directed the Office of Chemical Safety and Prevention, and as chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control at the California Department of Public Health.

This talk is part of the 2019 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series. It is cosponsored by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.

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