Biomonitoring Bill Re-Emerges in State Legislature

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 10, 2006

It’s a little disconcerting to think about pollutants collecting inside our bodies…but a bill being pushed by the Democratic leader of the State Senate would set up a system to find out just that--  what chemicals accumulate – and where.  It’s called bio-monitoring, and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata hopes this fourth attempt will be the final one,

“We don’t need to have any more anecdotal evidence that there’s a problem – there are places where there are higher, more incidences of environmentally related cancers and other diseases, it’s just a simple fact of life.” 

The Governor vetoed the bill last year, saying the intent of the measure was worthy, but he worried it wasn’t comprehensive enough.   

It’s not clear where funding for the program would come from. 
Many healthcare organizations supported the measure in the past – but the California Chamber of Commerce dubbed it a “job killer” bill, saying it could lead to the elimination of chemicals detected – but not necessarily proven to be harmful.