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Title: U.S. EPA STAR Awards: Fate and Effects of Hormones in Waste From Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
Date: Monday, August 20 - Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Location: U.S. EPA Region 5 Conference Facility
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-3507
See logistics link below for sleeping room reservations under EPA room block, which closes on August 12, 2007.
Contact: Susan Laessig (laessig.susan@epa.gov), (202)343-9617 or
Tina Conley (conley.tina@epa.gov), (202) 343-9829
Purpose: EPA is holding a public workshop to stimulate discussion of environmental issues associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and to promote research collaborations to better understand CAFOs as a source of steroid hormones in the environment.

Storage, use, and disposal of animal waste from CAFOs pose potential risks to the environment from nutrients, pathogens, heavy metals, hormones, antibiotics, and ammonia. Because steroid hormones can cause effects at reality low concentrations, researchers in EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) are performing an integrated assessment of the ecological risk of endocrine-active substances from representative CAFOs. Also, the EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) program has awarded 7 new assistance agreements to study the impact of animal waste handling and management strategies on the transport, fate, and effects of natural and synthetic steroid hormones associated with waste from CAFOs.

Workshop sessions will present the current state of research, regulation, and management of animal waste associated with CAFOs. Question and answer, guided discussion, and free time will provide ample opportunity for interaction and dialogue.

Workshop Goals:

  • Provide a forum for discussion of research on the environmental impacts of CAFOs,
  • Present an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss new and ongoing projects with current and potential collaborators,
  • Promote communication with stakeholders from EPA, federal, state, and local agencies.

Posters are welcome. An informal poster presentation area will be set-up and participants will be encouraged to attend the poster session during their breaks. If you are interested in providing a poster, please contact Cerena Cantrell at ccantrell@scgcorp.com or (301) 670-4990.

If you cannot attend this meeting, but would like to join via conference call, please contact Cerena Cantrell at ccantrell@scgcorp.com or (301) 670-4990 for more information.

Registration: View Registration exit EPA
Logistics: View Logistics
Agenda: View Agenda

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