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Body Burden

Every one of us carries residue in our bodies from exposures to man-made chemicals – exposures we never consented to. Even babies are born with traces of chemicals in their umbilical cord blood. In order to understand what chemicals we are exposed to and what effects they are having in our bodies, the science of bio-monitoring, or body burden studies, is emerging. Senate Bill No. 1379 CHAPTER 599

An act to add Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 105440) to Part 5 of Division 103 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.

The chaptered bill in PDF format.

On December 11, participants in the Boston Consensus Conference on Biomonitoring presented their consensus statement. This event was the culmination of 2 1/2 months of hard work by a group of 14 Boston-area residents who met over three weekends in Fall 2006 to learn about and consider issues related to biomonitoring, and to have their questions answered by national experts. The results of their deliberations present an important opportunity to provide public input on the topic to policymakers, researchers, advocacy groups, and others. 

The Consensus statement in PDF format.