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Michigan to Host Public Health and Legal Experts to Discuss the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Under the Trump Administration

The University of Michigan School of Public Health, in partnership with Wayne State CURES, is hosting panel of national experts to discuss the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and how the Trump Administration may impact it. The event is sponsored under an NIEHS grant.

The Trump Administration will be setting precedents for the new Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (amended Toxic Substances Control Act). This law was the first major environmental statute to be updated in over 20 years and passed with bipartisan support. The new law promises to change how chemicals are evaluated for environmental health hazards.

“Chemicals from consumer products and industrial processes find their way into our bodies as well as our water, soil and air,” says Patricia Koman, PhD, research investigator at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and associate member of M-LEEaD. “We’re bringing in national leaders to discuss the implications for research, children’s health, equity and policy.”

Speakers include:

  • Gina Solomon, MD, MPH, Deputy Secretary, California EPA
  • Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, professor, University of California – San Francisco
  • Tala Henry, PhD, division director, US EPA
  • Nick Schroeck, JD, assistant professor, Wayne State University Law School


“People are often surprised that most industrial chemicals in our air, water, and consumer products haven’t been tested for safety,” says Solomon. “A new law gives the EPA authority to require chemical testing and to regulate substances that pose an unreasonable risk to health. If EPA fully carries out the law, improved testing and control of toxic chemicals will give people information and health protection they need.”

The discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at noon, at Palmer Commons (100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI) on the University of Michigan campus. It is free and open to the public. A live-stream will be available and the discussion will be recorded for future viewing.

Support for this research was provided by grant P30ES017885 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


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