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Briefing Date:07/26/2006
Topic:Assessing the Human Health Risks of Trichloroethylene: Key Scientific Issues

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Committee on Human Health Risks of Trichloroethylene

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
406 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
B-308 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.
and
Thursday, July 27, 2006
B-376 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.

on

Assessing the Human Health Risks of Trichloroethylene:
Key Scientific Issues

by

Rogene F. Henderson, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute; and Chair, Committee on Human Health Risks of Trichloroethylene, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Academies

Mary E. Davis, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, West Virginia University Medical Center; and Member, Committee on Human Health Risks of Trichloroethylene, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Academies

and

Leslie Stayner, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois School of Public Health; and Member, Committee on Human Health Risks of Trichloroethylene, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Academies

Trichloroethylene is a common environmental contaminant at Superfund sites and at many industry and government facilities, including certain manufacturing operations. To help protect the public from potential health effects caused by exposure to trichloroethylene, government agencies conduct risk assessments to develop exposure guidelines intended to restrict human contact with the chemical. This requires consideration of a great deal of scientific information on trichloroethylene. This report reviews key issues for developing an objective, realistic, scientifically based health risk assessment for trichloroethylene.

These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was released to the public on July 27, 2006 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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