TEXAS TECH CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR TO BRIEF CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS AND STAFF ON PERCHLORATE
March 10, 2005
Date: March 10, 2005
CONTACT: Jeff Stoughton, email@example.com
WHAT: Texas Tech University chemistry professor Purnendu Dasgupta will be among national
experts briefing members of Congress and their respective staff persons on issues
related to perchlorate in milk.
The briefing has been organized by U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., Ranking Member
for the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials of the House Committee
on Energy and Commerce.
WHEN: 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Friday (March 11)
WHERE: Capitol building, HC-9.
EVENT: Dasgupta and a group of Texas Tech researchers recently released a study detailing
perchlorate in dairy and breast milk across the nation. The study cites decreasing
iodide levels in breast milk and suggests that pregnant and breastfeeding women may
need to increase their iodide intake.
Perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel, is found in food and water supplies
across the nation and is known to interfere with thyroid function, possibly causing
brain development problems in infants and fetuses.
CONTACT: Beto Cardenas, director of federal relations for the Texas Tech University
System, at (202) 234-0451; or Jeff Stoughton, Office of Communications and Marketing,
at (806) 742-2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.