Biomonitoring California Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting, August 2013

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The California Endowment Oakland Conference Center


Biomonitoring California
Scientific Guidance Panel Meeting
The California Endowment Oakland Conference Center
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA
August 14, 2013: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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        George Alexeeff, Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

Overview of the Meeting
         Ulrike Luderer, Chair, Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP)

Program Update
        Document:  Sample Results Return Materials (not actual results)
        Presentation: California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
        Panel Questions
        Public Comment
        Panel Discussion

Laboratory Update
        Presentation: CDPH
        Presentation: Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
        Panel Questions
        Public Comment
        Panel Discussion


CalEnviroScreen: A New Tool for Evaluating Communities in California
        Presentation:  John Faust, Chief, Community Assessment and Research Section, OEHHA
        Panel Questions

Potential Role for Biomonitoring in Assessing Pollutant Burden
        Presentation: Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health,
                                 California Environmental Protection Agency
        Panel Questions

Panel Discussion with Guest Speakers
        Panel and Guest Speaker Discussion
        Public Comment
        Afternoon session wrap-up


Chemical Selection Planning
    >> Screening of selected pesticides for possible future consideration as candidates for biomonitoring
in California

  • Glufosinate ammonium, glyphosate, imidacloprid, propanil

    >> Update on other chemical selection activities

        Document:  Screening of Four Pesticides for Possible Future Biomonitoring
        Presentation: OEHHA
        Panel Questions
        Public Comment
        Panel Discussion and Recommendations

 Open Public Comment Period
Wrap up and Adjournment


 Biomonitoring California and Its Scientific Guidance Panel

The Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP) of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (codified at Health and Safety Code section 105440 et seq.; also known as Biomonitoring California) was established in legislation (SB 1379, Perata and Ortiz, Chapter 599, Statutes of 2006) to provide scientific oversight to the Program.  The Program is a collaboration of three departments in California state government:  the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).  The Program measures levels of environmental contaminants in California residents.  This information will be used to identify emerging environmental hazards and to evaluate the effectiveness of existing environmental programs.  Biomonitoring data will ultimately be used by policy-makers to protect Californians from environmental contaminants through better environmental programs and laws.

Meeting Participation and Comment

The order of items on the agenda is subject to change at the discretion of the Chair.  Materials related to the meeting are posted on the Biomonitoring website. Prior to and during the meeting, send comments on agenda items via email to

Members of the public and representatives of organizations are invited to attend and participate in the SGP meeting.

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If you have materials relevant to an agenda topic that you would like to submit, please send an electronic copy to or by mail to Biomonitoring California (c/o OEHHA, 1515 Clay St, 16th Floor Oakland, CA 94612).  If you are unable to send the materials in advance, please bring 12 paper copies and one electronic copy of the materials to the meeting.  Relevant materials will be made available to the SGP.

Biomonitoring California complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by ensuring that the facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities, and by providing this notice and information in alternative formats when requested. If you have special accommodation or language needs, please contact the program by calling (510) 622-3190 or by sending an e-mail to  TTY/TDD/Speech-to-Speech users may dial 7-1-1 for the California Relay Service.  It is requested, but not required, that you contact us at least five days before the meeting so we can ensure that the necessary staff or equipment will be available for you at the meeting.


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