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Release Date: 3/4/2002
Contact Information: Lisa Fasano, U.S. EPA, (415) 947-4307, Cell: (415) 760-5419

     SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a two-day peer review workshop in Sacramento, Calif., March 5-6 on a draft perchlorate document currently undergoing independent scientific review.

     The document, "Draft Perchlorate Environmental Contamination: Toxicological Review and Risk Characterization," was released for public comment on January 18, 2002.

     The workshop is open to the public as observers and two opportunities are available for limited public comments, 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 and 8 a.m - 9 a.m. Wednesday March 6. Neither the scientific peer reviewers nor the public are expected to review or comment on this document in the context of any possible future EPA regulatory actions.
     A press availability will be held from 12 p.m. to 12:30 on Wednesday March 6.  U.S. EPA experts involved with drafting the report and studying perchlorate in the western states will be available to answer questions.

         DATE:          Wednesday, March 6      

         TIME:          12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.      

         LOCATION:      Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, Sacramento, CA

         PARTICIPANTS:  Annie Jarabek, Toxicologist
                        Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA

                        Karen Wirth, Toxicologist
                        Office of Water, U.S. EPA

                        Kevin Mayer, Environmental Scientist
                        Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. EPA

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