2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: meuser@mapcruzin.com
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 12:41:25 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ACA too good to be true?
HI - I reserve the right to remain cynical about our right-to-know on 
this one.  Tomorow (friday 03/24/00) the Alliance for Chemical 
Awareness (ACA) will debut their website: 


I do not have full details yet, but I'm sure that they will be 
forthcoming.  I do know that the ACA is a new coalition of
chemical producers, chemical trade associations, chemical
users, government agencies and NGO's.  Their initial effort
will be focused on HPVs. Larry Games of Procter & Gamble is the 
chair of ACA.  I imagine that Environmental Defense (formerly EDF) 
and CMA (chemical manufacturer's association) will be players 
since they have partnered on HPV's (see 
http://www.mapcruzin.com/scruztri/docs/news020300a.htm ).

They have a six-part mission according to a Vision and Mission

1.  Develop a risk-based framework for assessing uses of 
chemicals to identify applications with greater and lesser risk;

2.  Facilitate inclusion of exposure data in risk assessments and 
develop a library of accepted screening-level exposure models;

3.  Identify mechanisms for data sharing among companies that 
can enhance chemical risk assessment while minimizing concerns 
about confidentiality and liability;

4.  Establish information resources that a platform and tools for 
communication with the public about risks associated with 
products and facility operations;

5.  Encourage transparency of methodologies and processes used 
for risk assessment and sharing of chemical data that is relevant to 
health and environmental risk; and

6.  Coordinate US risk communication efforts with international 

Sounds great but is it too good to be true? It's interesting to note 
that this alliance comes on the heals of the EPA shutdown (note 
that even though the EPA site is now open, many databases are 
not available).  One could surmise that the void left by epa, and our 
access to raw environmental data, will now be filled by industry 
orchestrated interpreted data.  We'll see.


Michael R. Meuser,
Environmental Sociologist

Environmental Communication, GIS, RTK
Environmental & Sociodemographic Research
"Making Data Make Sense"

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