Harvard-Trained Toxicologist, Stephen Lester, Critiques State DHS Dioxin Assessment of Riverside Park & Thomas St. Neighborhood
INFORMATION ON STEPHEN LESTER
Biographical Source Information Courtesy of CHEJ
• Master of Science degree in Toxicology from Harvard University
• Second Master of Science degree in Environmental Health from New York University (NYU)
• Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from American University
• Mr. Lester has served on numerous scientific advisory and peer review committees including those of the Natural Resource Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the National institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Children’s Health Protection
Advisory Committee Schools Siting Task Group, among others
• Participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) activities on dioxin since 1994
• Reviewed and submitted comments on the draft health assessment documents multiple times and on drafts reviewed by the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and a committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
• Contributed to two significant reports on dioxin, Dying from Dioxin, published in 1995, and The American People’s Report on Dioxin, published in 1999
• Presented papers on dioxin at scientific conferences.
• As Science Director at CHEJ (since 1983), worked with hundreds of grassroots communities where exposure to dioxin was a major concern. These communities include Superfund sites in Jacksonville and Pensacola, FL, Lock Haven, PA, Columbia, MS, Jacksonville, AR, Times Beach, MO and Love Canal in Niagara Falls, NY.
• Devoted a good portion of career to evaluating the public health risks resulting from exposure to dioxin.