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Hearing held in Oakland, CA, September 6, 1990.....

Statement of:

Bearer, Cynthia F., M.D., Ph.D., director, Division of Pediatric Environ-

mental Health at Children's Hospital in Oakland Research Institute,

Oakland, CA ....

Boxer, Hon. Barbara, a Representative in Congress from the State of

California

Cuellar, Ciro, member of Earlimart Cancer Task Force, Earlimart, CA.
Goldman, Lynn, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the environmental epidemiology

and toxicology branch of the California Department of Health Services,
Emeryville, CA..

Hill, Thomas, director, Tri-County (Migrant) Head Start of Fresno, Mon-

terey, and San Bonito Counties, Fresno, CA....

Hughes, Dana, M.P.H., M.S., consultant, Children Now, Oakland, CA..

Israel, Kathleen, parent and co-chairperson, Concerned Residents of

Marin County (CRMC), San Rafael, CA

Jackson, Richard J., M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., chief of the hazard identifi-

cation and risk assessment branch of the California Department of

Health Services, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics,

Committee on Environmental Health, Sacramento, CA......

Jukes, Thomas, Ph.D., Department of Biophysics, University of Califor-

nia, Berkeley, CA.....

Mott, Lawrie, M.S., senior scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council,

San Francisco, CA ....

Ramirez, Gonzolo, farmworkers, Earlimart, CA, accompanied by Ciro

Cuellar, member of Earlimart Cancer Task Force, Earlimart, CA.
Sandoval, Salvador, M.D., family practitioner at the Childs Avenue

Health Center; coordinator of the lower western stream for the Mi-

grant Clinicians' Network, Merced, CA....
Stark, Hon. Pete, a Representative in Congress from the State of Califor-

nia.......

Steyer, James J.D., president of Children Now, Oakland, CA
Prepared statements, letters, supplemental materials, et cetera:
Ames, Bruce N., director, N.I.E.H.S., Environmental Health Sciences

Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA, prepared statement of ....
Bearer, Cynthia F., M.D., Ph.D., director, Division of Pediatric Environ-

mental Health at Children's Hospital in Oakland Research Institute,

Oakland, CA, prepared statement of ..

Cuellar, Ciro, member of Earlimart Cancer Task Force, Earlimart, CA,

prepared statement of

Goldman, Lynn R., M.D., M.P.H., chief of the environmental epidemiolo-

gy and toxicology branch of the California Department of Health Serv-

ices, Emeryville, CA, prepared statement of.

Hardy, Gwen, member, People United for a Better Oakland, Oakland,

CA, prepared statement of..

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SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN, Y

GEORGE MILLER, Californ WILLIAM LEHMAN, Florida

THOT PATRICIA SCHROEDER, Colorado

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LINDY (MRS. HALE) BOGGS, Louisiana

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MATTHEW F, MCHUGH, New York
TED WEISS, New York
BERYL ANTHONY, JR., Arkansas
BARBARA BOXER, California
SANDER M. LEVIN, Michigan
BRUCE A. MORRISON, Connecticut
J. ROY ROWLAND, Georgia
GERRY SIKORSKI, Minnesota
ALAN WHEAT, Missouri
MATTHEW G. MARTINEZ, California
LANE EVANS, Nlinois
RICHARD J. DURBIN, Illinois
DAVID E. SKAGGS, Colorado de pared s
BILL SARPALIUS, Texas

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'ONMENTAL TOXINS AND CHILDREN: *PLORING THE RISKS, PART I

URSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1990

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
ON CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES,

Washington, DC. pursuant to notice, at 9:40 a.m., in the id Auditorium, Oakland, California,

,resentatives Miller, Boxer, and Stark. .abelle Pizzigati, staff director; Felicia Kornistant; and Dennis G. Smith, minority staff direc

... MILLER. The Select Committee on Children, Youth, milies will come to order. ce purpose of this meeting this morning is to conduct a hearing cal environmental toxins and children, exploring the risks. This is the first in a series of hearings that the select committee will be conducting on this subject, both in the field as we are here today in Oakland, and next week in Washington, D.C. And then in the early part of next year, additional hearings will be scheduled.

As we have obviously witnessed, the 1990s mark the coming of age and the second renewal of the environmental movement in the United States. From every quarter of our society, and every section of the country, come demands to protect our wildlife, our water, our air, our soil, and our crops. No one wants to live beside a toxic dump, and no one wants to work in fields that have been sprayed with carcinogenic pesticides.

While we fear for our own health and safety, we also fear for our children. And despite grave concerns that surround the discussions of children and environmental toxins, with few exceptions, we have only begun to turn that concern into action. This hearing is the beginning of an effort by the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families to move forward on these vital questions.

Science tells us that children's rapid growth and development may make them especially vulnerable to environmental toxins. And recent studies suggest that their vulnerability is being tested every day.

Last year's alarm over the distinct risk to children from pesticides on apples, new evidence about the dangers of lead poisoning, the continuing concerns about asbestos in schools are just some of the threats that our children face. Everywhere that children live,

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Prepared statements, letters, supplemental materials, et cetera-Continued

Hill, Thomas R., executive director, Tri-County Migrant Head Start,

Fresno, CA, prepared statement of ...

Hughes, Dana, M.P.H., M.S., policy consultant, Children Now, and James

Steyer, J.D., president, Children Now:

Prepared statement of

"What's Gotten Into Our Children”, article entitled..

Israel, Kathleen, a parent and co-chairperson, Concerned Residents of

Marin County (CRMC), San Rafael, CA, prepared statement of ..........

Jukes, Thomas H., Ph.D., Department of Biophysics, University of Cali-

fornia, Berkeley, CA:

Letter to Congressman George Miller, dated Sept. 9, 1990

Prepared statement of

Supplemental statement of .......

“The Alar Scare, 1989" article entitled..
Jackson, Richard J., M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., chief of the hazard identifi-

cation and risk assessment branch of the California Department of
Health Services, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics,
Committee on Environmental Health, Sacramento, CA, prepared state-

ment of.

Keating, Barbara, Edh., president, Consumer Alert, Modesto, CA, com-

ments of...

Miller, Hon. George, a Representative in Congress from the State of

California, and chairman, Select Committee on Children, Youth, and

Families:

“Environmental Toxins and Children: Exploring the Risks” (a fact

sheet)

Opening statement of.....
Mott, Lawrie, M.S., senior scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council,

Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA, prepared statement of..
Ramirez, Ramona, Earlimart, CA, prepared statement of .....
Sandoval, Salvador, M.D., general practitioner at the Childs Avenue

Health Center; coordinator of the lower western stream for the Mi-

grant Clinicians' Network, Merced CA .....
Stark, Hon. Fortney H. (Pete), a Representative in Congress from the

State of California, prepared statement of ..........

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ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS AND CHILDREN:

EXPLORING THE RISKS, PART I

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1990

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES,

Washington, DC. The select committee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:40 a.m., in the Children's Hospital Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, California, Hon. George Miller presiding.

Members present: Representatives Miller, Boxer, and Stark.

Staff present: Karabelle Pizzigati, staff director; Felicia Kornbluh, research assistant; and Dennis G. Smith, minority staff director.

Chairman MILLER. The Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families will come to order.

The purpose of this meeting this morning is to conduct a hearing on environmental toxins and children, exploring the risks. This is the first in a series of hearings that the select committee will be conducting on this subject, both in the field as we are here today in Oakland, and next week in Washington, D.C. And then in the early part of next year, additional hearings will be scheduled.

As we have obviously witnessed, the 1990s mark the coming of age and the second renewal of the environmental movement in the United States. From every quarter of our society, and every section of the country, come demands to protect our wildlife, our water, our air, our soil, and our crops. No one wants to live beside a toxic dump, and no one wants to work in fields that have been sprayed with carcinogenic pesticides.

While we fear for our own health and safety, we also fear for our children. And despite grave concerns that surround the discussions of children and environmental toxins, with few exceptions, we have only begun to turn that concern into action. This hearing is the beginning of an effort by the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families to move forward on these vital questions.

Science tells us that children's rapid growth and development may make them especially vulnerable to environmental toxins. And recent studies suggest that their vulnerability is being tested every day.

Last year's alarm over the distinct risk to children from pesticides on apples, new evidence about the dangers of lead poisoning, the continuing concerns about asbestos in schools are just some of the threats that our children face. Everywhere that children live,

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