FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 21, 1998
Contact: Bill Grigg|
Final Comments Sought on Listing Alcoholic Drinks,
Second-Hand Smoke in Federal List of Causes of Cancer
The public can also comment on:
- A recommendation on: whether exposures encountered in the manufacture and repair of boots and shoes be listed as carcinogenic. Two panels said it should be listed as "reviewed but not formally listed, due to inadequate data." The NTP board made a unanimous recommendation that any listing be deferred because of difficulties in assessing exposures that might create a cancer risk.
- The delisting, or removal, of ethyl acrylate from the carcinogen list. All three panels agreed that new data produced by the NTP showed this substance used to make latex paints and textiles should not be considered as reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans.
NTP is headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a part of the National Institutes of Health. Both are in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., directs both NTP and NIEHS.
Comments should be addressed to Dr. C.W. Jameson, NTP Report on Carcinogens, 79 Alexander Drive, Room 3217, PO Box 12233, Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709.
Congress mandates the preparations of the reports, the first of which was published in 1980, to inform the public and as a check on whether legislative or regulatory action is needed to protect the public.
Following the comment period, a final draft will be prepared for review by NIEHS/NTP Director Kenneth Olden and, finally, by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. The publication is sent as a report to Congress and is available to the public.
*The interagency group includes scientists from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, National Center for Toxicological Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, National Library of Medicine and NIEHS.