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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Those concerned about the great lakes will be interested
in this notice concerning toxicology review of a significant
brominated diphenyl ether compound used as a fire retardent.....

I have no idea how independent this panel is or how valid the activity is.....
You often never can know until you study each participants CV and grant
funding.

This was circulated from the list, GENERAL TOXICOLOGY DISCUSSIONS

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From:         Jacqueline Patterson <patterson@TERA.ORG>
Subject: Decabromodiphenyl Ether Peer Consultation
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Peer Consultation Meeting on Decabromodiphenyl Ether

On April 2-3, 2003, an expert peer consultation panel will meet at the 
University of Cincinnati (Ohio) to discuss an assessment of children s risk 
from exposure to decabromodiphenyl ether.  This panel will discuss 
scientific data needs, as well as other topics as identified by the panel 
charge.  Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA), a non-profit, 
501(c)(3) organization, is convening this peer consultation under the 
Voluntary Children s Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP).  The assessment 
has been prepared by The American Chemistry Council Brominated Flame 
Retardant Industry Panel (members are Albemarle Corporation, Ameribrom, 
Inc., and Great Lakes Chemical Company).  This meeting is open to the 
public.  More information about the meeting, including registration, 
logistics, agenda, assessment document, and panel charge will be available 
on TERA s website at 
<http://www.tera.org/peer/VCCEP/DECA/DECAWelcome.htm>http://www.tera.org/peer/VCCEP/DECA/DECAWelcome.htm. 


Decabromodiphenyl Ether Peer Consultation Panel

The VCCEP Peer Consultation Panel for Decabromodiphenyl Ether consists of 
thirteen members: the nine VCCEP Core Panel Members for Year 1 and four 
additional ad hoc members specifically selected for this meeting.  This 
panel is made up of highly qualified scientists with expertise in a variety 
of disciplines.  A list of these panel members is provided below.  More 
information about the panel is available at 
<http://www.tera.org/peer/VCCEP/DECA/DECAWelcome.htm>http://www.tera.org/peer/VCCEP/DECA/DECAWelcome.htm. 


John Balbus, M.D., M.P.H., Environmental Defense

Nicole Cardello, M.H.S., Environmental Health Sciences, formerly with the 
Physician s Committee for Responsible Medicine

Kevin Crofton, Ph.D., Toxicology, U.S. EPA, National Health and 
Environmental Effects Laboratory

George P. Daston, Ph.D. Developmental Biology and Teratology, The Procter & 
Gamble Company

Michael L. Dourson, Ph.D. Toxicology, Toxicology Excellence for Risk 
Assessment

Robert C. Hale, Ph.D., Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Elaine A. Cohen Hubal, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, U.S. EPA, National 
Exposure Research Laboratory

Michael A. Jayjock, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Rohm and Haas Company

Sam Kacew, Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Ottawa

R. Jeffrey Lewis, Ph.D., Epidemiology, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc.

Ruthann Rudel, M.S., Hazardous Materials Management, Silent Spring Institute

Jennifer Seed, Ph.D., Developmental and Cellular Biology, U.S. EPA, Office 
of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

Kimberly M. Thompson, Sc.D., Environmental Health, Harvard University

Background

The VCCEP program is a voluntary pilot program and part of the 
Environmental Protection Agency s 
(<http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemrtk/index.htm>EPA) Chemical Right-to-Know 
Initiative.  The goal of EPA s VCCEP program is to enable the public to 
better understand the potential health risks to children associated with 
certain chemical exposures.  EPA has asked companies that manufacture 
and/or import 23 chemicals (which have been found in human tissues and the 
environment in various monitoring programs) to volunteer to sponsor their 
evaluation in Tier 1 of a pilot of the VCCEP.  Sponsorship requires the 
companies to collect or develop health effects and exposure information on 
their chemical(s) and then to integrate that information in a risk 
assessment and a data needs assessment.  The assessments developed by the 
sponsors will be discussed by panels of scientific experts using a peer 
consultation process.  Panel members will make recommendations regarding 
toxicity and exposure data needs in the context of children s risk and this 
program.  Experts have experience in toxicity testing, exposure evaluation, 
and risk assessment.

TERA is responsible for convening and chairing panel meetings to evaluate 
the sponsors submissions.  In June of 2002, TERA independently selected a 
Core Panel of nine scientific experts to participate in the 2003 VCCEP Peer 
Consultation meetings.  This selection was based on 50 nominations from 
stakeholder groups and the public.  Prior to each meeting, TERA announces 
the nomination period for additional ad hoc panel members and then makes 
its selection considering the nominations.  TERA also prepares a report for 
each meeting and makes this report available to the public.  These peer 
consultation meetings are open to the public.  More information about the 
VCCEP is available in the December 26, 2000, 
<http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemrtk/ts00274d.htm>Federal Register (65 FR 
81700) and on <http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemrtk/childhlt.htm>EPA s VCCEP 
website; and information about the Peer Consultation aspect of VCCEP can be 
found on TERA s website at 
<http://www.tera.org/peer/vccep>www.tera.org/peer/vccep.

Jacqueline Patterson, M.En.

Peer Consultation and Review Program Manager

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA)

1757 Chase Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45223

USA

phone 513-521-7426

fax 513-542-7487

email patterson@tera.org

www.tera.org


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