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The California Biomonitoring Program

Horton, Mark MD, MSPH

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000339541.42127.9d
Abstracts: ISEE 20th Annual Conference, Pasadena, California, October 12–16, 2008: Plenary Sessions

Director, California Department of Public Health.

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Scientific studies have identified a multitude of environmental chemicals as toxic to humans, but with few exceptions, relatively little is known about the presence or levels of these chemicals in people or the extent to which they contribute to risks of disease. We do know, however, that exposure to many chemical substances is widespread.

The California Environmental Contaminants Biomonitoring Program was created through shared vision and broad stakeholder collaboration. It is based upon scientifically sound methods to facilitate the development of information about chemical exposures. The program will determine baseline levels of environmental contaminants in a representative sample of Californians, establish temporal trends in contaminant levels, and assess effectiveness of public health and regulatory programs to reduce exposures of Californians to specific chemical contaminants.

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