Expert Sources

  • Dr. Richard B. Belzer, Regulatory Checkbook, Mt. Vernon, Virginia
    Dr. Richard Belzer is President of Regulatory Checkbook, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that the best available scientific and economic information is reflected in regulatory decisions. Prior to joining Regulatory Checkbook, Dr. Belzer was a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis and a staff economist in the Office of Management and Budget. At OMB his duties included reviewing dozens of major proposed and draft final rulemakings, most involving health, safety or environmental risks. He is a member of the American Economics Association and the Society for Risk Analysis, the latter which he has served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer and Past Treasurer since 1998.
  • Dr. Steven H. Lamm, Consultants in Epidemiology and Occupational Health, Inc., Washington, DC
    Dr. Steven H. Lamm is a physician-epidemiologist, board-certified in pediatrics and occupational medicine. His specialty for the past 25 years has been the assessment of the health risk to humans from exposure to chemicals and biological substances, particularly during pregnancy and infancy. Dr. Lamm is president of Consultants in Epidemiology and Occupational Health, Inc. and is on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University-Bloomberg School of Public Health, Georgetown University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, and Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics. Dr. Lamm has published numerous articles on perchlorate in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Dr. Richard Pleus, Intertox, Inc., Seattle, Washington
    Dr. Richard Pleus is a toxicologist and an expert in neurological and reproductive toxicology with over 20 years experience in assessing the risk to humans exposed to chemical and biological agents. He has contributed to several peer reviewed articles and books, and currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in addition to his role as Director with Intertox, Inc.
  • Dr. Jonathan Borak, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
    Dr. Jonathan Borak is an associate clinical professor of medicine and epidemiology at Yale University School of Medicine, and president of Jonathan Borak & Company. He is also director of Yale University's Interdisciplinary Risk Assessment Forum. Dr. Borak has published several books and many book chapters and research articles on toxicology of environmental contaminants. He also serves as an associate editor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Reports, and on the editorial board of American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal.
  • Dr. Michael L. Dourson, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA), Cincinnati, Ohio
    Dr. Michael L. Dourson directs TERA, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the best use of toxicity data for estimating risk assessment values. He has published more than 50 papers on risk assessment methods, co-authored over 100 government risk assessment documents, and made over 80 invited presentations. For fifteen years, Dr. Dourson held leadership roles in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and won 4 EPA Bronze medals during his tenure.
  • Joan E. Strawson, M.S., M.T.S.C., J.D., Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA), Cincinnati, Ohio
    Ms. Strawson is the Director of TERA's Education and Training program, and is responsible for developing programs to educate the public and others on toxicology and risk assessment issues. She also designs and monitors toxicity studies on perchlorate, which are needed to complete the data set for risk assessment. Prior to joining TERA, Ms. Strawson worked for the U.S. EPA, and as an environmental consultant in the areas of risk assessment, site assessment and remediation, occupational safety and health, and environmental communication. She has given many invited presentations on noncancer risk assessment and has published in the areas of occupational health and environmental communication.

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