Poisons in the Press: Deciding for Yourself What's 'Safe' (in San Francisco)

Event Date: 
March 13, 2012

When the news media report on contamination in the air, drinking water or food supply, the public understandably demands to know straight away, “Is it safe?” A distinguished panel of toxicologists and environmental journalists will discuss why the question defies straightforward answers, what’s keeping the public in the dark, and how citizens can make informed decisions on toxic risks in the absence of certainty.


  • Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Kent R. Olson, M.D., Medical Director of the California Poison Control Center
  • John Incardona, Supervisory Research Toxicologist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Philip Wexler, Technical Information Specialist, National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program
  • Chris Bowman, Chairman, Environment-Energy News Initiative, Capital Public Radio
  • Marla Cone, Editor-In-Chief, Environmental Health News
  • Janet Raloff, Senior Editor, Science News
  • Jane Kay, San Francisco-based environment writer

When: Tue, Mar 13 2012 - 2:00 pm

Event Details
Contact Name: 
Philip Wexler
Contact Email: 
Commonwealth Club
595 Market Street, 2nd floor
San Francisco, California 94105
Phone Number: 
(415) 597-6700
Fax Number: 
(415) 597-6729