April 16th, 2009
The EPA has issued a list of pesticides that will be screened for possibly disrupting the human, as well as animal, endocrine system. The list, released Wednesday, focuses on â€śendocrine disruptorsâ€ť which are chemicals that can negatively impact hormones produced by the endocrine system. The system regulates all biological processes in the body â€“ specifically, growth, metabolism and reproduction.
â€śGathering this information,â€ť said EPA Adminstrator Lisa P. Jackson, â€świll help us work with communities and industry to protect Americans from harmful exposure. Endocrine disruptors can cause lifelong health problems, especially for children.â€ť
The endocrine, or hormone, system is found in all mammals, birds and fish. It is made up of glands, hormones that are produced by the glands and receptors in different organs that respond to the hormones.