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Blacksmith Institute Press Release

Environmental Health Expert Landrigan Joins Blacksmith Institute Board

NEW YORK, NY March 1, 2008, -- Blacksmith Institute today announced that pediatrician and environmental health expert Philip Landrigan has joined its Board of Directors. Blacksmith Institute is a New York-based not-for-profit organization working to clean up polluted sites around the world.

"Blacksmith Institute's new initiatives in China, Africa and Latin America will benefit from Landrigan's presence on the Blacksmith Institute board," said Richard Fuller, founder and executive director of Blacksmith Institute. "His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we expand our activities in addressing pollution that impacts the health of communities and especially children."

An internationally recognized leader in public health and preventive medicine, Landrigan is director of the Children's Environmental Health Center and chairman of the Department of Community & Preventive Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

His work has been instrumental in guiding U.S. environmental health policy and medical education. From 1988 until 1993, Dr. Landrigan chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. The report provided the impetus for provisions of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 that require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the special vulnerabilities of young children in setting standards for pesticide exposure. He served on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War veterans' illnesses and also as senior advisor to the EPA, where he was responsible for establishing the Office of Children's Health Protection.&

Earlier in his career, Dr. Landrigan served as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service and as an epidemic intelligence service officer, and then as a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Landrigan was instrumental in establishing the division of the CDC that is today known as the National Center for Environmental Health. Dr. Landrigan holds a medical degree from the Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Science in occupational medicine and a Diploma of Industrial Health from the University of London.

About Blacksmith Institute 

Blacksmith Institute works around the globe to identify dangerously polluted sites and initiate their clean up, using its Polluted Places methodology to focus efforts on the most productive interventions. For the biggest polluted areas, Blacksmith works with local partners, including environmental authorities, to identify large-scale interventions for potential funding by international agencies. Since 1999 Blacksmith Institute has completed 29 projects in 9 countries and is currently engaged in 42 projects in 12 countries.