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CHEJ’s Technical Assistance Program is available for people who believe they are exposed to toxic chemicals – in the community, home, workplace or school – can contact CHEJ and receive expert one-on-one scientific consultations. CHEJ’s science staff provides site-specific information and personal assistance to leaders and their communities. CHEJ’s on-staff toxicologist, Stephen Lester, holds a Master of Science degree in Toxicology from the Harvard University School of Public Health. Stephen and CHEJ’s science staff can be reached during business hours at (703) 237-2249 or at chej(at)chej.org. (Callers are encouraged to become CHEJ Group Members, and because of demand, Group Members are given priority access to CHEJ’s staff.)
The core mission of CHEJ’s science and technical assistance is to demystify the scientific aspect of environmental health issues by evaluating technical reports and reviews, guiding communities through the maze of technical information, distinguishing good information from bad and translating jargon into plain language. Services include:
- Serving as an on-call technical advisor to group leaders.
- Reviewing and evaluating data and analyses from air, water and soil tests.
- Reviewing and evaluating technical reports, health studies and site proposals.
- Traveling to meet with groups to answer questions, educate the public about a local environmental health risk or evaluate scientific information or data.(Groups must pay travel costs.)
- Preparing specific guidebooks, written for the layperson, on how to use technical information to win a community victory.
If you want to ask CHEJ to review testing data, a cleanup plan or health study, please follow three D’s – digest, direction and deadline to facilitate the process.
Digest the information
Be prepared to give a summary of the information you have. Many times it is not necessary to send CHEJ a box of information for review. If you have a summary of the reports and data, that may be sufficient for an initial review.
What do you need from CHEJ? Do you want to know if the levels of chemicals are unsafe, if the cleanup plan is adequate or if the number of children with disease is unusually high?
There are many people asking for our assistance, but our staff is limited. You need to let CHEJ know your deadline to help us prioritize.