WPSU show to discuss toxic chemicals in everyday products

February 09, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- From plastic bottles to lead levels in toys, there has been a lot of debate lately surrounding toxic chemicals found in the products that Americans use every day.  Some experts believe that chemical agents in certain consumer products could cause cancer, genetic damage, or birth defects. WPSU will host a public conversation focusing on the impacts of these toxic chemicals, as part of its Common Ground Lobby Talk series.

Join the conversation as an audience member and participate with questions and comments 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the lobby of the Outreach Building at Penn State's Innovation Park.

Patty Satalia will lead a discussion with investigative reporter Mark Schapiro, and they will discuss the issue of whether American policy needs to be modified for both public health and economic reasons. Schapiro is the editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting and author of the book "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products, and What's at Stake for American Power."

Schapiro will be on campus to present his findings earlier that day; the discussion is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Foster Auditorium at Pattee Library. He also will speak at a Penn State Forum luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the President's Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

The Outreach Building is on Innovation Boulevard in Innovation Park. Directions to the Outreach Building can be found online at http://wpsu.psu.edu/about/directions.html.

WPSU's Common Ground Lobby Talk series is made possible by The Public Service Media Initiative, a collaborative project of the Science, Technology and Society Program in the Colleges of the Liberal Arts and Engineering and WPSU TV-FM. This production is co-sponsored by the Rocks Ethics Institute. Common Ground Lobby Talks are broadcast locally, available online at http://wpsu.org/lobbytalks and statewide through Penn State ON DEMAND.


Last Updated March 19, 2009