Serial No. 111-99: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Drinking Water: Risks to Human Health and the Environment, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, February 25, 2010   [open pdf - 10MB]

This is the February 25, 2010 hearing on "Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Drinking Water: Risks to Human Health and the Environment," held before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. From the opening statement of Edward J. Markey: "Welcome, ladies and gentlemen. Lately not a day goes by where the public is not reminded of the presence of toxic chemicals in the air we breathe and in the water we drink, and the potential harmful effect that these chemicals can have on public health and the environment. Just last week, a local newspaper warned that the Potomac River and other Mid-Atlantic rivers are awaste with toxins that may be responsible for bizarre deformities in fish, frogs, and other wildlife that come in contact with the contaminated water. This includes male fish that have begun growing female sexual organs and female fish that can no longer reproduce. W.C. Fields once said I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it. Well, today people wonder whether they should be drinking the water that comes out of their taps because of the disgusting things it is doing to the fish and possibly to them. There are serious concerns that the same chemicals that are responsible for these deformities in wildlife may also have similar effects in humans. They may be the culprit for the widespread increase in human disorders such as infertility, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward J. Markey, Cliff Stearns, John Shimkus, Lois Capps, Gene Greene, Joe Barton, Michael C. Burgess, James P. Moran, Linda Birnbaum, James Jones, Gina Solomon, Christopher J. Borgert, and Louise M. Slaughter.

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