A Senate subcommittee will convene today to examine how chemicals that Americans are exposed to in daily life might be harming the health of children, including those who are still growing in their mother's womb.

The hearing, called by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, (D-N.J.), will take place at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J. Lautenberg called for the meeting to spur conversation about creating federal regulations that require manufacturers to prove that chemicals are safe before introducing them on the market.

Witnesses scheduled to appear at the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health hearing include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson; Lisa Huguenin, a New Jersey mother of a child with autism and an immune system disorder; Dr. Steven Marcus, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System; and Dr. Frederica Perera, director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health.  

Perera's center has been following hundreds of pregnant women over the past 12 years to measure chemicals entering the womb during pregnancy

[via CNN]

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