environmental presentation, "10 Americans-287 Chemicals," is set
for noon Monday in the Prairie State College auditorium, 202 S.
Halsted St., Chicago Heights.
The multimedia presentation will be given by Ken Cook, president
Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group.
The presentation focuses on 10 people the group tested and the
287 chemicals found in their bodies that are linked to cancer,
birth defects, hormone disruption and reproductive or immune
State Representatives Al Riley (D-Olympia Fields) and Elaine
(D-Northbrook) are hosting the free program.
"Virtually every American is exposed to a daily cocktail of
toxic chemicals that were never tested for safety before being
released in the environment," Riley said. "People should be very
concerned that rates of autism, childhood brain cancer, birth
defects and reproduction problems have surged in recent year.
Something is happening here, and many of the nation's top
scientists, doctors and toxicologists believe they are directly
linked to chemical exposure."
Under current outdated federal law, the chemical industry and
manufacturers do not have to prove chemicals used in commerce
and released into the environment are safe, according to Riley.
As a result, Americans are being exposed to an untold number of
"After seeing '10 Americans,' you'll understand the urgency for
fundamental policy reform at the state and federal levels,"
Environmental Working Group is a non-profit public health
watchdog. Cook is a frequent source of environmental commentary
in the national press and broadcast media. For more information
about the presentation, interested people may phone (708)