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Rachel Carson Legacy Conference Focuses on Chemical Risks

Dr. Stanley J. Kabala, associate director of Duquesne University’s Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE), is among the planners and organizers of the third annual Rachel Carson Legacy Conference.

Kabala has been involved since the conference’s inception in 2006, and CERE supports the annual event.

This year’s conference, entitled When Chemicals Disrupt: Managing Our Risks, will address endocrine-disrupting chemicals from flame-retardants in clothing to bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic bottles, food, and soda and beer can linings. These endocrine disruptors are present in more than 90 percent of the population and can fool the human endocrine system into over-producing or under-producing normal levels of hormones and may impact developing children before and after birth. The conference will explore politics and the science behind endocrine disruptors to seek solutions for the issue.

When: Friday, Sept. 25, from 7:30 a.m. breakfast to 6 p.m. reception.

Where: Bidwell Training Center, 1815 Metropolitan St., Pittsburgh

Registration: $90, in advance

Information: www.rachelcarsonhomestead.org

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