In a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Health Perspectives, available online 13 April 2005, a commentary by two scientists calls for a new risk assessment of bisphenol A, a common plastic contaminant found in almost all Americans and linked via experiment to a wide array of adverse effects.
Summary of commentary in EHP
Background on bisphenol A
To give reporters an opportunity to learn more about this recommendation, Environmental Media Services held a teleconference on 13 April with one of the authors of the commentary, Dr. Fred vom Saal, and an expert in the field of regulatory toxicology, Dr. George Lucier, retired associate director of the National Toxicology Program.
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Introduction, Arlie Schardt, President, Environmental Media Services.
Comments by Dr. vom Saal
Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D.
Professor, Reproductive Biology and Neurobiology,
University of Missouri-Columbia.
Author, “An Extensive New Literature Concerning
Low-Dose Effects of Bisphenol-A Shows the Need For a New Risk Assessment”, Environmental Health Perspectives, in press.
Comments by Dr. Lucier
George Lucier, Ph.D.
Former director of the Environmental Toxicology Program and former Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Consulting Editor to Environmental Health Perspectives; member, EPA Science Advisory Board for Integrated Exposure Assessment.
Questions from journalists:
Elizabeth Weise, USA Today
Geoffrey Lean, Independent on Sunday (London)
Amanda Stake, US News & World Report
Joan Lowy, Scripps Howard News Service
Douglas Fischer, Oakland Tribune
Jocelyn Kaiser, Science
Steve Gibb, Inside EPA
Arlie Schardt, President, Environmental Media Services
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