Toxic Ties to 'New Shower Curtain Smell' Evident, According to Latest Laboratory Testing

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 General News J E 4
Consumer Product Safety Commission urged to recall PVC shower curtains from store shelves immediately

WHAT: "Volatile Vinyl The New Shower Curtain's Chemical Smell"

Live report release with simultaneous national teleconference

Q&A session for both NYC & teleconference participants

B roll & still photos available

Slide show link available during & after teleconference live @ 10AM, Eastern, June 12

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WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 2008

10:00 AM, Eastern

Teleconference: Email for dial-in number, passcode, & slide show instructions.

LOCATION: NYU Medical Center, Midtown Manhattan

Smilow Seminar Room

Enter at main entrance, 550 First Avenue between 31st/32nd Streets

Stop at Security Desk for directions or email

SPEAKERS: David O. Carpenter, M.D., Institute for Health & the Environment

University at Albany, SUNY

Tanya Fields, Administration & Community Outreach, Sustainable South Bronx

Stephen Lester, Science Director, Report co-author, CHEJ

Michael Schade, PVC Program Coordinator, Report co-author, CHEJ

Email to schedule speaker press avails following conference.

SPECS: Detailed findings to be released informing the public about potentially harmful shower curtains routinely sold at multiple retail outlets. These curtains can release as many as 108 volatile chemicals into the air.

CHEJ's report mirrors and expands upon 2002 EPA testing, which found that PVC shower curtains released chemicals classified as hazardous air pollutants by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.

Some of the chemicals found in both reports can cause damage to the liver, central nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems.

In addition to report findings, recommendations will be made to protect consumers and safer, available, alternatives will be presented for consumer benefit.

About CHEJ

CHEJ mentors a movement building healthier communities by empowering people to prevent harm caused by chemical and toxic threats. We accomplish our work through programs focusing on different types of environmental health threats. CHEJ also works with communities to empower groups by providing the tools, direction, and encouragement they need to advocate for human health, to prevent harm and to work towards environmental integrity. Following her successful effort to prevent further harm for families living in contaminated Love Canal, Lois Gibbs founded CHEJ to continue the journey. To date, CHEJ has assisted over 10,000 groups nationwide.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- June 9/

SOURCE Center for Health, Environment & Justice


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