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US Environmental Protection Agency's
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Passes "Resolution on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity"

On May 26, 2000, the National Environmental Justice Advisory
Council (NEJAC)
passed a "Resolution on Multiple Chemical

NEJAC is a federal advisory committee that was established by the
U.S. EPA in 1993 to provide independent advice, consultation, and
recommendations to the EPA on matters related to environmental

It is comprised of 25 members representing various stakeholders
including academia; environmental organizations; state, local, and
tribal governments; non-governmental organizations; and industry.

The resolution advised the EPA Administrator to take the following

NEJAC urges EPA to work with other agencies to:

1. Establish disease registries and make MCS a reportable
condition. Investigate and report the prevalence and incidence
of MCS
in minority communities, low income communities and
tribes, especially those heavily impacted by environmental pollutants;

2. Provide funding and programs to support increased
understanding, education and research
that will aid in
identifying causes, diagnosis, treatment, accommodation
and the prevention of MCS

3. Include MCS as a factor when setting standards and
establishing regulations
, especially with regard to multiple
exposures and cumulative effects from environmental

4. Examine existing environmental laws and revise or add
as appropriate to assure protection from chemicals
that cause initial sensitization and those that trigger existing

5. Encourage states and other government and non-government
to take regulatory and voluntary actions, including
notices and restrictions as necessary, to protect individuals with
in the workplace, office, home and in public places;

6. Assure that accurate information on minority and low income
populations is included in the final version of the Interagency
Workgroup report on MCS and other policy documents issued
on the matter of MCS;

7. Establish a fragrance-free policy for meetings and identify
and utilize facilities that actively attempt to reduce and minimize
use of toxic chemicals
, for example, that use non-toxic building
materials, cleaning agents and pest control measures.

For further info on NEJAC, see website: .

Letters and comments may be directed to:

Administrator Carol Browner
USEPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004.

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