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HEAL Newsflash - June 2014

Health costs in the European Union - How much is related to EDCs?
Exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic and plastic products containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be costing up to €31 billion per year in the EU, according to a new HEAL report. Read more…

Fracking: a serious but still underestimated threat to public health
Environmental health scientist and acclaimed author Dr. Sandra Steingraber was in Brussels to share scientific evidence from the US on health impacts of shale gas drilling. She called to stop fracking on health grounds in Europe. Read more…

Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly closes after passing multiple resolutions
Delegates at the World Health Assembly (WHA) which took place from 19 – 24 May, adopted more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance. Read more…
Over 20 members of EHEN, including HEAL and its member Hainaut Vigilance Sanitaire recently met to discuss new economic assessments, strategy and future work. HEAL highlighted the need to get better data on health costs from chemical exposure. Read more…

EU Commission publishes roadmap for EDCs criteria options
The EU roadmap to set criteria to identify EDCs under EU legislation has finally been published. It sets out several policy options for the EDC criteria and different possible approaches to regulatory decision-making. A public consultation on the options is expected to be launched soon. Read more…

France put EDCs on agenda of Environment Council
After the successful release of a French national strategy on EDCs, France initiated a debate on the EU’s policies at the meeting of EU environment ministers in Luxembourg on 12 June. Read more…

How TTIP could harm our health
HEAL together with a wide Pan-European coalition of non-profit groups has called for a fundamental change in the negotiations on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), to protect public health and ensure a transparent and democratic policy debate. Read more…

Round Table discussion on EDCs and public health
HEAL’s Lisette van Vliet spoke at a roundtable at the Dutch parliament on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on 11 June, organised by Dutch NGO Wemos Health for All and HEAL member organisation Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF). Read more…

Poland: HEAL co-organises air quality meeting in Zakopane
In May, HEAL together with Client Earth Poland, Polish Green Network (Polska Zielona Sieć) and Made in Zakopane co-organised a public meeting on air quality in Zakopane, Poland. Read more…

Health cost of planned coal power plant in Poland
HEAL provided expertise input regarding the planned coal fired power plant in Stara Wieś, Łęczna, and highlighted the need to comprehensively assess potential health costs. Read more…

Likely health effects of planned coal power plant in Stade
Local groups organised a panel discussion in the northern German town of Stade to discuss plans to build a coal fired power plant. Julia Huscher, HEAL’s Senior Coal and Health Officer, provided expertise on health implications to the 80 participants of the event. Read more…

Annoucement of closure of Austrian coal plant
Following the launch of a study on the health impacts of Austrian coal-fired power plants by environmental NGO Global2000 and HEAL, the closure of one of Austria’s three plants was announced. Read more...

Environment Council discusses the EU clean air package
At their recent meeting in Luxembourg, EU environment ministers held an exchange on proposed measures to improve air quality in Europe. HEAL is concerned by the low level of ambition expressed by some member states. Read more…

Joint Task Force on health aspects of air pollution
For the first time HEAL participated in a meeting of the Joint Task Force on Health Aspects of Air Pollution, established within the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. Read more…

WHO on air pollution in global cities
The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its database on urban air quality, now covering information on 1600 cities across 91 countries. The data shows that in most cities worldwide, people breathe in air that is considered to be harmful to health. Read more…

Members’ news




30 June – 1 July, Vilnius, Lithuania: WHO European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB) - More information via the WHO Europe website


1 July: Italian presidency of the EU Council of Ministers begins

1 - 3 July, Strasbourg, France: First plenary session of the new European Parliament

4 July, Brussels: HEAL webinar (DE): Chronic diseases, health problems and Chemicals: What’s the connection? - More information in German available via HEAL’s Chemicals Health Monitor website in German - To register for the webinar contact Nadia at


1 August: World Breastfeeding Week

27 – 29 August, Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Conference on health and climate - More information here


4 – 5 September, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA 5th Annual Conference - More information available here


6 – 7 October, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly - More information coming soon!

26 – 29 October, Boston, US: PPTOX IV, Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health - More information here


November, Israel: Mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Process (EEHP) - More information available via the WHO Europe website

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  • New report out! #EU #health savings up to €31B might be possible from reducing #EDC exposure
  • Consultancy E&Y quotes our assessment. Shifting to renewables= win-win for people,the economy with health co-benefits
  • via @SfEP New research: #EU #airpollution legislation to reduce SO2 has effectively reduced rates of premature deaths
  • Just shown by Dr. Steingraber @HealthandEnv video Ban #Fracking in NY
  • #Diabetes treatment alone absorbs nearly half the entire health budget in some middle-income countries’ says Dr Chan @WHO Assembly

Originally posted on 27 June 2014

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