Hatch Joins Clinton, Reid in Sponsoring Public-Health Tracking

Hatch Joins Clinton, Reid in Sponsoring Public-Health Tracking

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch is joining Hillary Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in sponsoring a bill to establish a national public-health tracking network that enables researchers to better identify connections between adverse health effects and pollution.

It would increase funding for locally based pilot projects to address environmental health concerns. The Coordinated Environmental Public Health Network Act of 2007 would also increase funding for the biomonitoring work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The C-D-C tracks exposure to more than 100 chemicals through blood sampling.

This legislation has the support of more than 40 health and environmental groups.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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