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Ron Brecher appointed to Ontario water advisory council

Ron Brecher appointed to Ontario water advisory council...


Ron Brecher appointed to Ontario water advisory council
Ontario Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky has appointed Dr. Ronald Brecher of Guelph to the province’s new Advisory Council on Drinking Water Quality and Testing Standards.

The 15-member advisory council will make recommendations to the minister to ensure that Ontario’s drinking water standards and testing are consistent with the most up-to-date scientific information, and that the standards-setting process is transparent with increased public input. The council’s mandate includes a review of scientific and technical documentation of proposed standards, public consultation, and recommendations for adopting water quality standards not currently being considered through the federal-provincial-territorial process for developing Canadian drinking water guidelines.

Through the advisory council, the Ontario government will implement recommendations made by Justice Dennis O’Connor in the Walkerton Inquiry report.

"I’m honoured to have been invited by the minister to join this distinguished team of professionals," said Brecher on his appointment. "The Walkerton tragedy has drawn attention to water quality management issues throughout the country. The formation of this advisory council is an important step forward in serving the public interest in Ontario."

A principal of GLOBALTOX International Consultants, headquartered in Guelph, Dr. Brecher is a recognized expert in the field of toxicology. He obtained a Ph.D. in Medicinal Biochemistry from Sussex University, England, in 1987. As well as being a board-certified toxicologist and a Chartered Chemist (C.Chem.), Dr. Brecher’s professional affiliations include the Society of Toxicology of Canada, the U.S. Society of Toxicology and the Society for Risk Analysis. He is also a member of the British and EUROTOX Registers of Toxicologists. Brecher has 15 years experience in research and consulting, with emphasis on assessing impacts of chemicals on human health.

GLOBALTOX is a privately owned international corporation providing services in industrial hygiene, human and environmental toxicology, and risk assessment. Clients include U.S., Canadian, and other government agencies, corporations and non-governmental organizations.
For more information on the MOE’s Advisory Council on Water Quality and Testing Standards, visit the Ontario government link at:

www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/news/2004/051201mb.htm

Contact Ron Brecher at 519-766-1000 or rbrecher@globaltox.ca

Ron Brecher writes a column on environmental toxicology for sister publication HazMat Managemet that you can see at www.hazmatmag.com


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