Environmental Health Preconference
NCSL Legislative Summit: August 6, 2012
The Environmental Health Preconference was held during NCSL’s 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago. It addressed a wide-range of environmental health issues from food safety, healthy homes and chemical policy, to air quality and federal environmental health requirements. State legislators and legislative staff heard from a variety of experts and discussed pressing problems in their states and communities.
Watch these brief interviews with environmental experts to learn more about these issues.
Environmental Health in States
Professor David Osterberg, University of Iowa
Professor Osterberg spoke about how environmental public health relates to environmental factors that affect human health.
Professor Paul Anastas, Yale University
Anastas discussed Green Chemistry and efforts to design products to promote environmental public health.
Food Safety Modernization Act
Joseph Reardon, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Reardon spoke on the role of federal, state, and local governments in ensuring a safe food supply.
Healthy Homes and Housing
Peter Hendrick, American Association of Radiologists and Technologists, Inc.
Michael Compher, Environmental Protection Agency (Region 5)
Compher explored efforts to limit health hazards and improve the quality of residential housing. Hendrick discussed efforts to limit lung-cancer deaths from radon exposure in homes.
E-15 and Public Respiratory Health
Kristy Moore, Renewable Fuels Association
Moore explored the various public health benefits of moving E-15 into the gasoline market.
State Environmental Public Laboratories
Dr. Chuck Brokopp, Wisconsin State University
Brokopp discussed the role of state laboratories in protecting the public’s health from environmental threats.
Keynote Presentation: Children’s Environmental Health
Peter Grevatt, Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Jerome Paulson, American Academy of Pediatrics
The director of EPA’s Office of Children’s Health, Peter Grevatt, and Dr. Jerome Paulson of the American Academy of Pediatrics, discussed the potential threats to children from the environment and the responses states may take.
Energy, Environment, and Transportation