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					                                            NJEHA News
       A Publication of the New Jersey Environmental Health Association
            An affiliate of the National Environmental Association                        Winter 2004-2005
                       President’s Message                                                            New Jersey Officers
                                                                                               Theresa Lombardi ……….……. President
Many of you already know me but for those of you who do not, you will. I can tell you          Cindy Weaver ……..……. President-Elect
that the next two years plan on being an exciting journey. I am honored to be your             William Dotts.. ………. 1st Vice President
President, working for you and representing New Jersey. With so many things to look            Aimee DeLotto ………2nd Vice President
forward to this upcoming year, we will be seeing a lot of each other. Our 2nd Annual           MaryAnn Orapello ………….... Secretary
Conference in March and the National Environmental Health Association’s Annual                 Kristin Reed …….….….……… Treasurer
Educational Conference are just a few of the opportunities.
As you all know, this position comes with great challenges and it’s not easy when I have          Administrative Assistant
to follow in the footsteps of Peter Tabbot and Kim Zagorski. They each have done so                 Newsletter Editor
much for the organization, making it stronger, more viable, well known, and basically                       Dalynn Knigge
putting NJEHA on the map so to speak. My goal for the time I am president will be to
maintain the pride, attitude and positive image my predecessors implemented, to keep                 Contributing Writers
providing the same educational opportunities for our members and to build a stronger              William Dotts, Theresa Lombardi,
relationship with NEHA while working toward the 2007 Annual Educational Conference               Mary Lou Pruent, Dennis SanFilippo
in Atlantic City. I definitely know all these goals can only be attained with the support of      Peter Tabbot, Kimberly Zagorski
the Executive Council and NJEHA members. Together, let us work to elevate our                              Harriett Zivin
organization to a higher level.
I remember when I first I joined the Executive Council – in 1990 – as a Council member. I                     In This Issue
had the opportunity to attend a few meetings, which were impressive. Not only did they
                                                                                                 President’s Message…….…………….1
offer interesting courses, expanding my knowledge, but they also created an environment
where people with the same interests could network and discuss various topics and ideas.         Spotlight on NJEHA…….….…...... …2
                                                                                                 Risk on US Food Supply Low…. …...2
Fourteen years later, I am sitting at my computer, writing my first President’s Message.         Financial Report.…..….……….... …...3
Who would have thought? Definitely not me! I am so excited to be doing this and to be
                                                                                                 Annual Award Presentations… ........ 4
working with a great Executive Council. Our first meeting was held in October and I am
                                                                                                 Change to By-Laws……..……. .......... 4
proud to say the Council members are superb people with different talents, and I am
honored to be working with each one of them. We have a lot to offer and we are open to           New IPM Measures................ ……….5
your ideas and opinions. Our mission is to promote public and environmental health               Water Terrorism Preparedness…..... .5
locally, regionally and globally, and we need your help!                                         Bug-Proof Trash Bags .................... ….6
                                                                                                 New DEP Standards ..................... …..7
Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what
                                                                                                 Nutrition Info…….....………………...8
we give.” Public and environmental health is a field of giving: We take the knowledge we
                                                                                                 Join NJEHA…….…………..… ........... 8
have, the skills we know, along with the tools that make it work, and share them with our
communities. Whether we are promoting safe food handling, managing and controlling               Inmates Cry Fowl ........ …….….…..…9
wastewater, or dealing with contaminants to air and water, we are able to make a                 Tsunami Aftermath…................ …...10
difference and we should be proud of that.                                                       Thompson Steps Down.…..….……..11
                                                                                                 Rocket Fuel in Milk… ....................... 12
The entire NJEHA Executive Council is busy preparing our upcoming conference on
                                                                                                 What is It? Update……..……........... 12
March 6, 7 and 8th in Atlantic City. Look for more stimulating and informative speakers,
wonderful exhibitor displays, a panel discussion group, and, of course, the exciting and         Job Openings......................... ……….13
hopefully well-attended banquet. Please mark your calendars with the dates. By the time          Petting Zoo & E. coli .................... ….14
this newsletter gets to you, you will have received the registration information needed for      March Conference ........................ ….15
this event. This information has also been posted on our website. In addition to the             Your Executive Council............... ….16
above, we will have representation from the National Environmental Health Association                 Please send articles, advertisements
as well. We are already thinking ahead to the 2007 Annual Education Conference in                         and other contributions to:
Atlantic City.
                                                                                                              NJEHA News
Even though we are spread throughout the state, we have to, and DO, work together as a                          PO Box 527
team to achieve our goals. I looked forward to seeing all of you at future programs and                New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0527
the March conference. If you have any ideas or comments, please feel free to contact me            
via e-mail.                                                                                             Visit us online:
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                                       Spotlight on the NJEHA
                       We would like to take a moment to let you get to know us a little better.
                  This quarter, we’re turning the spotlight on our new President, Theresa Lombardi!
                                       I joined the New Jersey      Township under the direction of George Van Orden, Ph.D.
                                       Environmental Health         The work was similar to Roxbury’s and although I enjoyed
                                       Association in 1988 and      my job, after a few years I decided to challenge myself
                                       was so impressed with the    further by changing my career to focus more on my
                                       organization, I decided to   undergraduate degree of public health.
                                       be placed on the ballot to
                                       become a member of the       I worked for Valley Hospital as a Client Services Manager for
                                       Executive Council. After     the occupational health program for two years. Currently, I
                                       serving a few terms on the   am the Community Outreach Manager at Chilton Memorial
                                       Executive Council, I         Hospital. My department encompasses Community Health,
                                       became the Treasurer and     Parent Education and Occupational Health Client Services.
                                       have now worked my way
                                       up to President. While       As President of the NJEHA for the next two years, I am
  serving on the Executive Council, I worked as a REHS for          eager to work with state and local public and environmental
  Roxbury Township under the leadership of Frank Grisi,             health professionals, as well as the National Environmental
  H.O., who taught me so much. Being a very diverse                 Health Association. I am also energized to prepare for the
  community, Roxbury offered experience and training with           NEHA Annual Educational Conference in Atlantic City in
  wastewater management, septic systems (new and                    2007, and our officers and council members are already
  alterations), food inspections, air pollution complaints, water   working very hard to make the March 2005 2nd Annual
  pollution including a groundwater impact study, and the           Conference a success. I encourage all members to support
  handling of some very unique environmental complaints.            the NJEHA by attending both conferences.
  My years as an REHS gave me the confidence to pursue a
                                                                    On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my family
  graduate degree in environmental management. Shortly
                                                                    and friends, and I relax by doing Pilate's, running and being
  thereafter, I became a licensed Health Officer.
                                                                    young at heart.

  After having my son Jason, I left the full-time position at       Again, I personally invite each and every one of you to
  Roxbury to work part-time as an inspector for Hanover             attend the March conference. I look forward to meeting you.

     FDA Head Says Risk of Attack on U.S. Food Supply
                                              teleconference to mark the agency's         manufacturers, processes, packs,
Reuters/AP                                    release of a rule requiring food makers,    transports, distributes, receives, holds
                                              handlers, importers and distributors to     or imports food. Officials at every step
WASHINGTON - Acting U.S. FDA                  keep records of their suppliers and         must keep records showing the chain of
Commissioner Lester Crawford was              customers.                                  supply, including the immediate
cited as telling reporters that the risk of                                               previous source of all food received and
a terror attack on the U.S. food supply       FDA officials were cited as noting they     the next recipient of all food released.
is "very low," but the federal                had no way of predicting where an
government is working to tighten food         attack on U.S. food would arise, in         Crawford was further quoted as saying
security, adding, "We have to continue        imported food or domestically               in a statement that, "These records will
to improve and be as close to fail-safe as    produced food. The stories note that the    be crucial for FDA to deal effectively
we can be."                                   United States performs 98,000               with food-related emergencies, such as
                                              inspections of food imports each year,      deliberate contamination of food by
The stories note that consumer groups         up sharply from a couple of years ago.      terrorists. The ability to trace back will
and other critics have expressed              Regulations put in place since the          enable us to get to the source of
concern that only about two percent of        September 11, 2001, terror attacks          contamination."
U.S. food imports are now subject to          require advance        notice of food
random federal inspections.                   imports.                                    To review the FDA regulations: http://
Crawford was cited as speaking at a           The new rules affect anyone who             bioact.html.
                                     Winter 2004 - 2005                                                        Page 3

                     NJEHA                                                     NJEHA
           Financial Report for Period                               Financial Report for Period
                7/1/04 - 9/30/04                                           7/1/04 - 9/30/04
                                                                  Scholarship Fund Quarterly Report

Date:                                           6/30/04     Date:                                                6/30/04
Balance:                                        23,706.29   Balance:                                             7960.22

Credits:       Bank Refund                      0           Credits:         Fundraising                         0
               Directory Advertisements         350.00                       Interest                            10.41
               Donations                        0                            Vendor Directory Ad                 0
               Fundraising/merchandise          0
               General Training Programs        3565.00                      Subtotal:                           10.41
               Special Training Programs
               (Lead, HACCP)                    1765.99
               Transfer from Scholarship Fund   500.00      Debits:          Scholarship Award                   500.00
               Membership                       485.00                       Fundraising                         0
               Yearly Conference Attendee       680.00                       Bank Charges                        0
               Yearly Conference Exhibitors/                                 Adjustments                         0
               Advertising/Donations            100.00
                                                                             Subtotal:                           500.00

               Subtotal:                        7445.99     Date:                                                9/30/04
                                                            Balance:                                             7470.63

Debits:        Accountant/Tax Preparation       800.00
               Administrative Assistant         1400.00
               Advertising                      345.00
               Bank/Return Check Fees
                                                                Apply For a Scholarship
               Cash/ATM Withdrawals
                                                0                  or Honorarium
               Executive Council Meetings       170.60
               Fundraising/Merchandise          0            The Gary S. Straus Memorial Scholarship provides a
               General Training Programs        389.33       maximum individual scholarship award not to exceed $500.
               Insurance for Association        0            Successful applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or
               Legal Representation             0            graduate degree in the health sciences.
               Liaisons to Organizations        786.54
                                                             The NJEHA Honorarium provides a maximum award of
               NEHA Annual
                                                             $200, which helps defray the cost of attending a conference
               Conference Attendance            0
               NEHA Membership Fee              0            pertaining to environmental health. Winners of an
               Newsletter                       296.00       honorarium are required to write an article for our newsletter
               NJ Corporate Registration Fees   60.00        or present their findings to the general membership.
               NJ Register Subscription         89.57        Contributions should indicate what information and
               Postage                          120.04       knowledge was obtained from the conference.
               Post Office Box Rental           36.00
               Special Training Programs                     All applications must be postmarked no later than August 31,
               (Lead, HACCP)                    972.69       2005 to be considered for this year’s award. We encourage
               Supplies/Letterhead/Paper        279.79       you to take advantage of this great benefit of membership!
               Telephone/Fax                    91.02
               Web Page                         98.85
               Yearly Conference Expenses       552.69                             Questions?
               Miscellaneous                    0
                                                                                   Harriett Zivin
               Subtotal:                        7177.34
Date:                                           9/30/04
Balance:                                        23974.94                            (732) 521-5010
      Page 4                                                       NJEHA News

        Annual Pesticide Meeting Awards Presentations
Held September 30, 2004 at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel,         NJEHA, Dennis SanFilippo received the Zurawski Award. Mr.
the NJEHA’s annual meeting was more of a celebration - a           SanFilippo has always held the functions of this organization
celebration of the organization’s 50 year Anniversary, the         in high regard and we are indebted to him for developing the
introduction of the new slate of officers and the recognition of   Lead Inspector & Risk Assessor training program for NJEHA.
some outstanding environmental health professionals.
                                                                   The National Environmental Health Association recognizes
                                                                   local affiliate members annually at their AEC. This year,
Complete with real cricket lollipops as party favors, the
                                                                   Executive Council Member-at-Large Harriet Zivin was
meeting included a slide show and presentations from past
                                                                   presented with the NEHA Certificate of Merit for her work on
presidents recognizing the successes of the past 50 years.
                                                                   our Council and her continued support, especially with the
Great supporters and friends to the NJEHA were recognized
                                                                   continuing education programs.
with awards. Stephen Papenberg, Health Officer for South
Brunswick Township, was recognized with the Nicholas               Two President Plaques were also presented. First, to our
Award. Mr. Papenberg’s contributions through the Local             former President-Elect Valeri Morone for the years of work
Boards of Health Association and his continued support of the      she dedicated to our association. Secondly, to our friend Bob
NJEHA membership is greatly appreciated.                           Custard, Region 8 Vice President of the NEHA. Bob has
                                                                   presented programs for us at both the 3-day conference and
Recently retired Health Officer and past president of the          the annual meeting.

               Proposed By-Laws Change - First Reading
During the NJEHA Executive Council meeting of 12/1/04, a motion was presented to the Executive Council by the
Constitution and By-Laws Committee. The motion was approved by majority vote and concerned a change in the by-laws
which would allow for an increase in the annual membership dues for those with Active State Affiliate membership status.
The current reading under Article III (C) 1a states, "Active State Affiliate $35.00," and, if approved, would read "Active State
Affiliate $50.00." The written proposal must be made available to the General Assembly for two consecutive business
meetings prior to a special written ballot. If approved, the change would take effect during 2006. The committee, consisting
of Chairperson Bill Dotts, Marconi Gapas and MaryAnn Orapello, cited increasing costs associated with all aspects of
conducting association business as the substantiation for the by-law change and increase proposal. Student State Affiliate
rates would not be affected and would remain at the current rate of $10.00.
                                                  Winter 2004 - 2005                                                                  Page 5

                    DEP Announces New Measures to Protect
                           New Jersey’s Children
Department of Environmental                           The new rules require schools to                     Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-
Protection (DEP) Commissioner                         employ non-chemical pest management                  Middlesex/Somerset/Union) and
Bradley M. Campbell announced final                   practices where possible and use low-                Assemblyman Albio Sires (D-Hudson).
rules that require safe pest control                  i mp a c t p e s t i c i d e s . L ow - i mp a c t   "This act is designed to reduce
methods in schools. Under these rules,                pesticides are those that present                    children's exposure to harmful
DEP will work with public, private and                minimal health risks due to their                    pesticides," said Senator Buono. "If
charter schools throughout the state to               particular use and application method.               spraying ultimately is deemed
ensure they use Integrated Pest                                                                            necessary, the IPM Act provides a solid
Management (IPM) practices to reduce                  The new rules require schools to notify              framework for informing the
children's exposure to potentially                    parents in advance of any pesticide                  community and assuring that all
harmful pesticides and help safeguard                 application.     Schools must also                   necessary precautions are taken."
public health.                                        maintain detailed information about
                                                      pesticide use on their property and                  To help New Jersey schools meet the
"These rules require our schools to take
                                                      respond to inquiries about IPM on their              challenges of adopting IPM measures,
three common-sense steps to protect
                                                      sites.                                               DEP is supplying schools with
our children: avoid pesticide use when
                                                                                                           guidance materials and is working
you can; minimize use when pesticides
                                                      The IPM rule amendments were                         side-by-side with school administrators.
are necessary; and notify parents and
                                                      proposed in May following the                        Many schools have already begun
kids when pesticides are used," said
                                                      enactment of the School Integrated Pest              implementing IPM in response to these
Commissioner Campbell.
                                                      Management Act, which was signed                     new requirements.
IPM is a holistic approach to controlling             into law by Governor James E.
pests that uses a wide variety of tools               McGreevey in December 2002. Senator                  The new rules appeared in the New
s u c h a s s a n i t a t i o n, s t r u c t u ra l   Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex)                          Jersey Register on December 6, 2004.
modifications and other management                    sponsored the legislation along with
techniques rather than automatically                  Senator John Matheussen (R-Camden/                   Information about IPM is available at:
turning to chemical control as a first                Gloucester), Assemblyman Joseph            
option.                                               Roberts Jr. (D-Camden/Gloucester),                   enforcement/pcp/index.html

                             New Water Terrorism Preparedness
The US EPA and the American Water Works Association have                          significance. This site also provides CME credits through the
funded a Physician On-Line Reference Guide to provide a                           American College of Preventative medicine.
repository of educational information and preparedness
                                                                                  Consider sharing this information with healthcare providers,
resources for practicing health professionals who must
                                                                                  public health practitioners, water utility professionals and
understand not only how to detect biological and chemical
                                                                                  disaster preparedness personnel within your jurisdiction.
weapons exposure but also how to respond to this threat
appropriately.                                                                    Examining the EH Role in Terrorism Response
                                                                                  To further the discussion of the environmental health role in
Public health professionals and primary care practitioners                        terrorism response, NEHA is making available its September
alike must be especially vigilant as they are likely to be the                    2004 Journal of Environmental Health article free online at :
first to observe unusual illness patterns and must therefore
understand their critical role in protecting water resources and        
their community's health.
                                                                                  Also, for those who missed it, NEHA's 110-page 2003 Special
                                                                                  Report, Messages in the Dust examines the environmental
The     water       terrorism     preparedness        site:
                                                                                  health work at the World Trade Center site in the days and provides information on
                                                                                  weeks following September 11, 2001. This can be accessed
the evaluation and management of waterborne disease, and
                                                                                  online at:
extensive links to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention's selected waterborne pathogens of public health             
      Page 6                                                                            NJEHA News

               “PEST-GUARD” Insect Repellent Trash Bags
A revolutionary new product type is being introduced into the                            City Housing Administration, which provides waste management
waste management area. “Pest-Guard” trash bags contain an all-                           services to its residents.
natural insect repellent formula that is melted right into the plastic
                                                                                         Interestingly, the trash bags are currently being used by the Bronx
liner. This proven formula enables these trash bags to effectively
                                                                                         Zoo, after completing a period of extensive testing due to the
repel flies, ants, mosquitoes, roaches, wasps, hornets and other
                                                                                         nature of the fragile environment of the zoo. Any zoo has
insects. They even repel small pests such as squirrels and birds.
                                                                                         stringent requirements and criteria that subject this type of
These environmentally-friendly trash bags are ideal for use in                           product to intense scrutiny in a number of areas. Beyond the
schools, parks, industrial and residential areas, food service,                          normal strict testing for safety and effectiveness, the trash bag
hospitals, etc. The active ingredient is composed of essential oils                      products had to be approved by the veterinarians to insure that
of several organic compounds, which have been determined by                              the products are safe to use around their many exotic animals
the EPA to qualify for exemption from FIFRA registration. The                            from around the world (some of which are extinct or face
substances in the active ingredient are also exempt from the                             extinction in the wild). In summary, this high-threshold type of
regulatory requirements of the FFDCA in that they are referred to                        testing and acceptance far surpasses the degree of investigation
as “botanicals” and as such, are included in the FDA’s list of                           that typically would be done for use around humans. These trash
GRAS additives.                                                                          bag products have passed the highest degree of acceptability and
                                                                                         are available in low and linear low density polyethylene and in all
During the past three years, there has been a series of extensive                        popular sizes for commercial, industrial, institutional, residential,
testing for safety and effectiveness of the “treated” trash bags by                      recreational, indoor/outdoor use.
product testing experts in private research firms and in a
well-known university with outstanding positive              results.                    Company President, John F. Kokoszka, recently announced the
Findings of independent laboratory tests concluded that the                              appointment of Dennis San Filippo as Regional Vice President of
“Pest-Guard” non-DEET formula is as effective and, as some tests                         Sales and Marketing for Government and Health Services. Dennis
show, more effective than popular repellents containing DEET.                            is a licensed Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health
                                                                                         Specialist in New Jersey. Dennis will be contacting potential
These new insect repellent trash bags have received outstanding                          clients in the coming weeks to discuss product specifications,
acceptance and are already being used by a variety of major                              sampling and pricing information. The “Pest-Guard” product line
high-profile customers, including SYSCO (on the West Coast),                             is being introduced and distributed by Protection Brands, with
who is supplying its key food service accounts, and the New York                         offices located in the Tri-State area: phone (212) 842-0304.

                                    Pest-Guard insect repellent trash bags are a revolutionary product that has an all natural, DEET-free, non-toxic, anti-
                                    bacterial, anti-bug repellent melted into the plastic liner. This proven formula enables Pest-Guard trash bags to
                                    effectively repel flies, ants, mosquitoes, roaches, wasps, hornets and other insects; they even repel small pests such as
                                    squirrels and birds. These environmentally-friendly trash bags are ideal for use in schools, parks, industrial facilities,
                                    foodservice establishments, kennels, hospitals, state highways, home kitchens, backyards, etc. Pest-Guard trash bags
                                    are available in Low Density and Linear Low Density polyethylene. Available in black and clear in all popular sizes for
                                    commercial, industrial, institutional, educational, residential, recreational, indoor and outdoor use.

                                                                                                                                                    Corporate Headquarters
    Protection Brands LLC                                                                                                                            (212) 842-0304 ph/fx
141 E. 56th Street, Penthouse B
     New York, NY 10022                                                                                                                                  Divisional Office
                                                                                                                                                         (718) 267-6523
                                         Winter 2004 - 2005                                                              Page 7

            DEP Adopts New Mercury, Arsenic Standards
                                       New Rules Are Strictest in the Nation
New Jersey Department of           largest NJ-based sources of       In addition, the new state        brain damage to the fetus,
Environmental Protection           mercury emissions with much       arsenic standard will apply to    infants, and young children.
(DEP)      Commissioner            of their materials coming from    private well owners regulated     Scientists estimate up to
Bradley M. Campbell                shredded automobiles’ scrap       under NJ’s Private Well           60,000 children may be born
announced the adoption of          metal.                            Testing Act, requiring            annually in the United States
new rules that establish the                                         notification of consumers         at elevated risk for
strongest mercury and              The rules also call for a         about arsenic concentrations      neurological problems
arsenic standards in the           further reduction of mercury      during a real estate              leading to poor school
nation. These rules will           emissions from New Jersey’s       transaction and when renting      performance because of
reduce mercury emissions           five municipal solid waste        property.                         mercury exposure while in
from certain facilities by up to   (MSW) incinerators of at least                                      utero.
90 percent by the end of 2007      95 percent below 1990 levels      Long-term exposure to
and will cut in half the           in 2011.                          arsenic through drinking          Mercury is a problem both
acceptable limit of arsenic in                                       water can cause cancer of the     from long-range sources and
drinking water by 2006.            In addition, the mercury rules    skin, lungs, urinary bladder,     from regional and local
                                   contain standards for medical     and other organs. As arsenic      sources. Contaminated fish
“These rules build upon            waste incinerators that are       is a naturally occurring          have been found in remote
Governor McGreevey’s strong        already being met by the three    element found throughout          areas of the state, such as the
legacy of fighting pollution       facilities operating in New       New Jersey, it is important for   Pinelands, as well as in
and protecting New Jersey’s        Jersey. These protective          water purveyors to take active    industrialized areas.
d r in k in g wa t e r, ” sa i d   standards will ensure that        steps to reduce arsenic levels
Campbell. “If New Jersey’s         these incinerators continue to    in drinking water.                Mercury can contaminate
mercury rules were enacted         minimize mercury emissions,                                         waterbodies either directly
nationally, annual emissions       allowing for a maximum level      Water systems in the              through runoff or from air
from coal-fired power plants       of emissions that is one-tenth    Piedmont region of New            pollution that deposits in the
alone would decline from           the current federal limit.        Jersey are most likely to be      water. Once in an aquatic
approximately 48 tons to                                             affected by naturally             ecosystem, it accumulates in
about five tons. At the same                                         occurring arsenic, including      the tissues of animals as
                                   The new arsenic rules
time, through existing                                               areas of Bergen, Essex,           methylmercury, a toxic and
                                   establish a maximum
technologies we can provide                                          Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer,        harmful form of mercury.
                                   contaminant level of five parts
greater health protections,                                          Middlesex, Morris, Passaic,
                                   per billion (ppb) for arsenic
reducing the risk of cancers                                         Somerset and Union Counties.      New Jersey is one of more
                                   concentrations in drinking
from arsenic in drinking                                             Arsenic in these areas leaches    than 40 states that issued fish
                                   water, effective January 23,
water.”                                                              into the ground due to the        advisories for certain species
                                   2006. In February 2002, the
                                                                     erosion of rock deposits that     of fish contaminated with
                                   federal government adopted a
The adopted mercury                                                  contain arsenic.
                                   10-ppb arsenic drinking water                                       mercury. Studies have shown
regulations call for a 90-
                                   standard, also effective                                            that reducing mercury
percent reduction of mercury                                         Four treatment technologies
                                   January 23, 2006. No state                                          emissions can significantly
emissions from the state’s 10                                        have been identified as
                                   other than New Jersey has                                           reduce contamination in
coal-fired boilers in power                                          capable of removing arsenic
                                   adopted an arsenic standard                                         nearby ecosystems. In
plants by the end of 2007. The                                       in NJ’s drinking water
                                   as protective as 5 ppb.                                             Florida, scientists found that
rules allow for some                                                 supplies below the adopted        mercury concentrations in fish
flexibility, giving plants the                                       maximum contaminant level         and wading birds in the
option of meeting the              New      Jersey     requires      of 5 ppb. The New Jersey          Everglades have declined by
standards in 2012 if they also     monitoring for arsenic at more    Corporation for Advanced          60 to 70 percent in the last 10
make major reductions in           than 600 public community         Technology (NJCAT) has            years as a result of controls in
their emissions of sulfur          water systems and 900             certified one of these            mercury emissions in
dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and      non-transient,          non-      technologies.                     neighboring industries.
fine particulates.                 community systems, which
                                   combined serve around 85          Exposure to a toxic form of
The new regulations also           percent of the state’s            mercury comes primarily           DEP developed the mercury
mandate a reduction of             population. Based on past         from eating contaminated fish     an d arsen ic ru les in
mercury emissions from the         data, the DEP predicts            and shellfish. Children and       consultation with other
state’s six iron and steel         approximately 34 community        pregnant      women      are      governmental agencies,
melters of 75 percent by the       and 101 non-community             especially susceptible to         universities, scientists,
end of 2009. The state             systems will have arsenic         mercury contamination. Even       regulated industry officials,
estimates that iron and steel      levels exceeding the new          exposure to low levels can        and environmental and public
manufacturing plants are the       5-ppb standard.                   potentially cause permanent       health advocates.
      Page 8                                                       NJEHA News Website Provides Reliable Information
   on Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Obesity Prevention
USDA NEWS RELEASE, Washington—Agriculture Secretary                 Department Of Health and Human Services, and others.
Ann Veneman recently announced the launch of a new                  USDA's National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education,
nutrition website designed to help people find answers to           and Economics Advisory Board Recommended in 2003 that
nutrition and food related questions.                               USDA develop food- and exercise-based strategies for obesity
                                                                    prevention, and coordinate with other Federal agencies
The site,, is a comprehensive             toward a national prevention effort. is an
source of information on nutrition and dietary guidance from        important tool in that effort.
multiple government agencies.
                                                                    The site is maintained by a team of Registered
"Health solutions begin with the availability of reliable
                                                                    Dietitians and nutrition information specialists at the Food
nutrition and physical activity information the public can use
                                                                    and     Nutrition Information Center of USDA's National
to make good health choices and maintain a healthy weight,"
                                                                    Agricultural Library (NAL). The Team works in cooperation
Veneman said.
                                                                    with scientists and professionals at USDA's Agricultural
" is a web based resource that includes                Research Service, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the U.S.
databases, recipes, interactive tools and specialized               Department of Health and Human Services, and other Federal
information for infants and children, adult women and men           partners.
and seniors."
                                                                    The website also links to information on the Food Guide supports the President's Healthier US Initiative      Pyramid, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, dietary
and expands on the nutrition information available on the           supplements, fitness, and how to keep food safe. The National website, which also includes information on         Agricultural Library (, in Beltsville, Md., is
physical fitness, prevention and making healthy choices. The        part of the Agricultural Research Service, a USDA scientific
website offers information provided by USDA, the                    research agency.

                              Tell A Friend! Join the NJEHA!
After many years as a Sanitarian turned     have been there and understand. It is         REHS‘s - perhaps those in your own
Registered Environmental Health             networking and finding out who is             health department - or to other
Specialist, I am enjoying fellowship,       working where. It is becoming less            environmental and public health
encouragement and support from other        isolated and more known to others.            professionals that you rub elbows with
professionals in my field. How? I           One never knows where the right               every day. We will be happy to provide
finally decided to do more than attend      contacts will lead. It is about keeping       all the applications you need. We need
meetings for CEU’s and became               abreast of the latest public health issues.   to increase membership to increase our
involved in the NJEHA. I was                It is about attending seminars that will      influence on public health in NJ.
impressed with the professionalism of       aid you in the daily performance of
the first annual conference in Atlantic     your job. I know that every time I leave      I have a special request for any of you
City last March. I found my fellow          a meeting, I feel less like “just an          who teach courses in public health -
professionals to be friendly and            inspector” and more like the                  Would you please tell me who you are?
interesting.   We all have different        professional that I am.                       I would like to enlist your help in
stories about our public health                                                           spreading the word about our
experiences. We can learn from one          In order to keep the EHA on the cutting       association. Please, bring applications
another and sometimes laugh our heads       edge of public health, we need you.           with you to class and promote this
off doing it.                               Have you renewed your membership              great organization.
                                            yet?      Don’t wait!!!   The Executive
I am writing to excite you about the        Council is preparing for an exciting          We really need you and all your
Association. Joining NJEHA is more          conference in March and we need to            friends, acquaintances and contacts in
than paying dues and getting out of         know NOW that last year’s members             public health to come on board and
work for a day to attend a meeting. It is   are still supporting our efforts.             make this next year a great success for
engaging fellow professionals who also                                                    NJEHA. Thanks in advance.
care about public health. It is receiving   I’m asking all members to support the
support and encouragement at times          NJEHA in another way. We need you                   Mary Lou Pruent, REHS, Denville
when we need it most, from those who        to get the word out to your fellow                                 Membership Chair
                                      Winter 2004 - 2005                                                               Page 9

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                     Inmates Cry Fowl, Sue County Jail
The Daily News - Scott E. Williams                                  An investigation by county and state officials tagged                  salmonella as the likely cause of the outbreak.

GALVESTON — A group of 67 county jail inmates have,                 The story says that the county health district sent stool
according to this story, filed a lawsuit against the county         samples to both a private lab and the Texas Department of
claiming negligence in an outbreak of illness that followed         Health, and that three of 10 samples sent to the private lab
the 2002 Thanksgiving meal in the jail.                             showed the presence of salmonella, as did five of the six
                                                                    samples sent to the state, health district officials said in
More than a third of the 719 inmates in jail on Nov. 28,            2003. Tests of frozen turkey samples did not show the
2002, reported symptoms of illness after that day’s dinner.         bacteria, however.
     Page 10                                                          NJEHA News

   Limiting Diseases in Aftermath of Tsunami Disaster
                                            Sanitation and Safe Water are Key
David Brown                                    Aceh: "Special case"                        arises when drinking water is
The Washington Post                            The World Health Organization               contaminated by the feces of people
                                               believes 10 percent of the population       carrying the pathogens. Treatment in
                                               of the Aceh region of western               all but the very worst cases consists of
The survivors of the tsunami in South          Indonesia — about 500,000 people —          drinking a mixture of salt, sugar and
Asia face a long and fairly predictable        are at "epidemiological risk" of serious    water, called "oral rehydration
list of threats to their health, starting      health consequences, said David             therapy."
with injuries sustained in the event           Nabarro, head of the WHO's crisis
itself, to water and insect-borne                                                          Somewhat later, usually three weeks
infections in the ensuing weeks, and                                                       or more after a disaster, dysentery-like
culminating for some in long-term                                                          illnesses that cause bloody diarrhea
                                               "Because Aceh has had this long-term
mental illness from the psychic trauma                                                     and fever appear. They also are caused
                                               civil strife, we think the health
and loss, experts say.                                                                     by intestinal bacteria — members of
                                               infrastructure is in a very, very bad
                                                                                           the Shigella genus are the classic ones
                                               way. We have to treat it as a sort of
How well people fare will depend in                                                        — and are transmitted in fecally
                                               special case," Nabarro said. The WHO
large part on decisions being made in                                                      contaminated water. Treatment, unlike
                                               has sent 20 "emergency health kits,"
the next few weeks as local health                                                         that for choleralike diarrheas, is
                                               which contain enough medical
authorities and outside agencies work                                                      primarily antibiotics.
                                               supplies to serve 10,000 people for
frantically to provide water and               three months, to Indonesia.                 Another illness spread by fecally
rudimentary sanitation to the homeless                                                     contaminated water is hepatitis A, a
and destitute.                                 Large numbers of corpses themselves         liver disease caused by a virus.
                                               pose little, if any, health threat.
For reasons not entirely understood,           Putrefying flesh does not create            Malaria and dengue, two mosquito-
natural disasters are rarely followed by       disease-causing pathogens or spread         borne diseases made more pervasive
epidemics of communicable disease              them.                                       by standing water and crowding, may
and very high mortality frequently                                                         also increase, experts said. Vast piles of
seen in man-made catastrophes such                                                         debris that hold both rainwater and
                                               The real danger is from infections
as ci v il wa rs , ge no cid e a nd                                                        water that came in the inundation give
                                               already present in the population at
involuntary displacement of whole                                                          mosquitoes new places to breed.
                                               low rates that can be spread rapidly in
populations.                                   the absence of proper sanitation.           "I wouldn't be surprised if we bring in
                                                                                           a certain amount of malaria therapy
Nevertheless, the tsunami disaster             Among the waterborne ailments               and insecticide-treated nets" for
carries within it some extremely               linked to floods, the WHO cites             sleeping under, said Nabarro.
dangerous elements, notably the large          bacterial and viral diseases such as
numbers of now homeless survivors,             cholera, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and     Measles and respiratory diseases,
many of them poor and some                     leptospirosis, the latter of which can be   including bacterial pneumonia,
marginally nourished.                          spread through the urine of rodents         traditionally take high tolls in refugee
                                               attracted to flood debris.                  camps, especially among infants,
                                                                                           toddlers and the elderly.
"It's how they are displaced and where
they then congregate that will be the          A parade of maladies                        Many waterborne diseases are
defining factor," said Mark Keim, a            The first to appear are infections such     preventable with low-tech solutions
disaster-medicine specialist at the U.S.       as cholera that cause profuse, watery       such as bleach tablets and other
Centers for Disease Control and                diarrhea, which can lead to rapid           substances that can purify
Prevention in Atlanta.                         dehydration and death. The disease          contaminated water.

    2nd Annual NJEHA Educational Conference & Exhibition
         Tropicana Hotel and Casino - Atlantic City, NJ
                      March 6 - 8, 2005
                                      Winter 2004 - 2005                                                            Page 11

                                                                                                      Corporate Headquarters
                                                                   The Towelette Company               (212) 842-0304 ph/fx
                                                                141 E. 56th Street, Penthouse B
                                                                     New York, NY 10022                   Divisional Office
                                                                                                          (718) 267-6523

     U.S. Health Chief, Stepping Down, Issues Warning
New York Times/AP - Washington                                   imported food, he worried "every single night" about threats
                                                                 to the food supply, adding, "We are importing a lot of food
Tommy G. Thompson, the U.S. secretary of health and human        from the Middle East and it would be easy to tamper with
services, announced in December that he was resigning, and       that."
he expressed grave concern about the threat of a global flu
epidemic and the possibility of a terrorist attack on the        In early December, President Bush played down the warning
nation's food supply, adding, "For the life of me, I cannot      from his resigning health chief that the nation's food supply is
understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food         largely unprotected from terror attack, stating that the
supply because it is so easy to do."                             government is doing what it can to safeguard the public from
                                                                 threats, but much work remains, adding, "We're a large
Mr. Thompson, freed from the constraints of administration       country, with all kinds of avenues where somebody could
policy, gave candid, unexpected answers to questions posed to    inflict harm. We've made a lot of progress in protecting our
him at a news conference at his department, noting that          country, and there's more work to be done, and this
although the government has increased inspections of             administration is committed to doing it."
     Page 12                                                             NJEHA News

  Send Safe Food Handling Messages With New E-cards
                                                                         The Partnership is also recruiting "BAC Fighters," individuals
                                                                         who are committed to encouraging safe food handling at the
                                                                         grass roots level through events and education. Interested
                                                                         individuals may register at
Partnership for Food Safety in Education Reminds Customers to            registration.cfm.
Fight BAC. New E-cards are available from the Partnership for
Food Safety Education to send to customers, constituents and             To access e-cards and for information on "BAC Fighters", visit
suppliers that highlight the importance of safe food handling.           the Partnership's Web site at
The Partnership that brought us the Fight BAC! campaign has              index.cfm Registration is required to access e-cards. For more
produced e-Cards emphasizing COOK, CLEAN, CHILL and                      information on safe handling, visit or call
SEPARATE, the four basic safe handling steps.                            USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-

                  Rocket-fuel Traces Found in Milk, Lettuce
Knight-Ridder Tribune
                                                                          The FDA was cited as saying it wasn't recommending diet
Federal investigators have, according to new data release, found          changes based on its findings, which resulted from the most
traces of a rocket fuel component in milk and lettuce from Salinas        comprehensive search to date for perchlorate in food. Still, one
to Cedarville, N.J.                                                       consumer watchdog group said the data should spark cleanup
                                                                          efforts, and farm groups wondered what it all meant for their
The story says that perchlorate was detected in about 90 percent          products.
of 128 lettuce samples and in all but three of the agency's 104 milk
samples – but not at levels that prompted alarm at the Food and           The story adds that perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and
Drug Administration.                                                      man-made compound. Most of the perchlorate manufactured
                                                                          nationwide is used as the primary ingredient in rocket fuel.
Robert Krieger, an extension toxicologist at the University of
California, Riverside, was quoted as saying, "I think that suggests       In recent years, increasingly sophisticated measuring equipment
a much broader distribution (of perchlorate) than anybody                 has detected perchlorate in water supplies, such as the Colorado
thought and the basis of that distribution I don't think is               River, and in foods. Crops likely are tainted by perchlorate-laced
adequately known."                                                        irrigation water.

                                 What Is It? Update
                    Antique Toleware Rodent Resistant Food Safe - Rare
                                Ruth Ward, Coras Antiques
   I recently purchased this item at an estate sale. I have since been told it is a rodent resistant antique food
   safe. Way back when, this was used to keep the rodents out of grain, flour and other items. The people
   who sold it to me said it was in their basement when they bought the home in the late 40’s. Let me tell
   you what I know about it. It measurers 33 1/3" high, 25 ½" wide and about 15" deep. The large round
   tube in the center has what appears to be a sifter at the bottom-probably for flour. There is a lever which
   makes this ‘sifter’ work located underneath. The 2 smaller tubes are also open at the bottom although there is no sifter. These 2 were
   most likely for sugar and possibly cornmeal. All 3 tubes open at the bottom and it appears that at one time there were 3 doors also
                                located at the bottom where the flour, etc was taken. The holes in the were probably for jars of spices.
                                There is also an opening at the bottom where a door was located so something must have been
                                dispensed, or stored, there. I think this was a piece used in a store, bakery or restaurant many years ago.
                                There is rust on the piece at the bottom (this should be obvious from the pictures) and some spots are
                                rusted through. It’s beautifully painted with a lily and bouquet of flowers. I did a quick cleaning but I
                                think some mild soap and water would make this a nice piece to use for flowers or a fern or two.
                                Perhaps if someone was especially handy they could make new doors for the bottom. There’s also a ring
                                of metal on one side of the bottom. What that may have been, I have no idea, and I believe there was
                                one on the other side as well at one time. If anyone has more information on this piece I would be
                                happy to add it to the description. This is a good conversation piece for the Toleware collector.
                                        Winter 2004 - 2005                                                             Page 13

             Lombardi Addresses Future Health Professionals
Theresa Lombardi, NJEHA President was a panelist at a               Lombardi’s remarks focused on her role as a health care
program held by the Rutgers University Public Health                professional who provides programs that foster greater health
Association in New Brunswick for students interested in health      awareness, promote participation in community health initiatives,
care professions. Five other speakers in related health fields      and encourage preventive health care measures to benefit the
shared their insights into education, job experiences and           community. Afterwards, students were given an opportunity to
networking that led them to the positions they hold today.          speak with all the panelists. NJEHA information was provided.

                                                   Job Openings
Assistant or Associate Professor - The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor with a
specialization in environmental health to join its public health faculty. Doctoral degree in a field related to environmental health
sciences is required with a masters in public health desirable. Both college level teaching experience and professional experience
in the field are also desirable. Candidates should be able to teach undergraduate courses in environmental health, environmental
microbiology, toxicology, food safety, and/or bioterrrorism. The public health program offers tracks in environmental health,
health care administration, and community health education. The former two tracks are nationally accredited.
All faculty are expected to teach general studies courses. Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Screening
begins January 17. Send letter of application, résumé and three letters of reference to Dr. Marc Lowenstein, Dean of Professional
Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, PO Box 195, Pomona, NJ 08240. Visit our website –

Health Officer - The Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission has an opening for a Health Officer. We are now
seeking Health Officer candidates. That position will be available on or about December 31, 2004. The NWBRHC is located in
Waldwick, NJ in Northern Bergen County. From that location, it serves the towns of Midland Park, Waldwick, Upper Saddle
River, Old Tappan, Montvale, Hillsdale and Northvale. Total number of residents served is approximately 51,000. The NWBRHC
was formed in 1957. Salary is competitive. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume detailing licensure,
experience, training and salary requirements to: Francis J. Rodriguez, Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission, 22 Prospect
Street, Waldwick, NJ 07463. Call 201-445-7217. If by email: F. J. Rodriguez at, subject heading: NWBRHC: HO.

Registered Environmental Health Specialist - Franklin Township seeks a full-time Registered Environmental Health Specialist.
Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director, the REHS conducts food establishment inspections and grades same;
Reviews, comments on food establishment license applications; Collects food samples for laboratory analysis; Inspects housing
relative to sanitation complaints, i.e. rats, roaches, water, sewerage, etc.; Investigates suspected food poisoning incidents;
Investigates allegations of water, air pollution; Performs related work as required; Reviews plans, blueprints regarding food
facilities, septic systems, wells etc. to verify for compliance with both state and local requirements.
Must possess or be eligible for the NJ REHS license, including the successful completion of a college degree with a major course of
study in sciences, which should include biology, chemistry, and other laboratory sciences; Must possess a New Jersey State
Drivers License; Must be able to prepare written and oral reports on activities and collect evidence for prosecution if needed. Must
be able to communicate effectively to the public and educate in areas where required. Salary is $35,000 - $38,884 per year.
Closing date for this opening is January 14. Contact Franklin Twp Personnel Dept., 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873. EOE

Registered Environmental Health Specialist - The Township of Belleville is seeking to hire a full-time Registered Environmental
Health Specialist. Salary competitive. For more information: Colleen Britton, 973-450-3389.

Registered Environmental Health Specialist - Woodbridge Township Health Department seeks full time, NJ licensed REHS.
Individual must be motivated and posses strong communication skills. Woodbridge Township resident preferred. Starting salary
is $40,000 a year plus on-call pay and excellent benefits. To apply, please forward resume to: James Ringwood, Personnel Director,
Municipal Building, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095 OR EOE

Public Health Analyst, NYC - Incumbent is responsible for the assistance, coordination of monitoring, auditing of Amtrak’s
sanitary and public health compliance. Will coordinate corrective actions relating to food handling & preparation, car watering,
pest control and equipment maintenance & cleaning within their respective divisions. Incumbent is empowered to halt food
service car operations, remove cars from service and discontinue car watering until deficiencies are corrected. This position will
assist the public health staff in providing technical expertise regarding public health and sanitation regulatory requirements. This
job would require travel 50% of the time. The salary is $38,500 - $80,000 yearly.
BS or BA degree in Environmental Health, Biological Science or closely related field or the equivalent combination of education,
training and/or experience. Prefer a licensed professional, e.g. Registered Sanitarian, Registered Environmental Health Specialist,
Certified Food Safety Professional, etc. Must have experience in a Food Safety, Public Health or Environmental field position.
Apply online at or fax a resume, with a cover sheet stating what job you are interested in to 215-349-1088.
     Page 14                                                        NJEHA News

                                 Child’s Play Spreads E. coli
         A pending report may link an outbreak to a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair

North Carolina News Observer                 cramps and bloody diarrhea. He was            misleading. For that reason, they are
Sarah Avery                                  the first of more than 100 people who         waiting to finish their investigation
                                             apparently got sick from E. coli in the       before pronouncing a source of the                   days after the State Fair, giving rise to a   outbreak.
story/1849206p-8176008c.html                 mystery that has yet to be solved.
                                                                                           Dr. Jeff Engel, state epidemiologist, was
SANFORD -- Fistfuls of food pellets          Health investigators are still working to     quoted as saying, "We are zeroing in on
made Matthew Baldwin, according to           pinpoint the source of the bacteria           the petting zoo," but that the
this story, popular among the baby           among exhibitors or food vendors who          investigation hinges on other clues,
goats and sheep in the petting zoo at        set up on the     fairgrounds in Raleigh      specifically the actions of thousands of
the North Carolina State Fair.               for the 10-day event.                         others who went to the fair and came
                                                                                           home healthy. “We want to see if
As the critters nudged and licked his        One of the two petting zoos has               people went to the petting zoo and
hands, the 3-year-old Lee County boy         emerged as a prime suspect; the               didn't get [E. coli], or if they had
squealed for more pellets. He'd have         bacterium is common in farm animals           behaviors that protected them," Engel
been happy to spend the whole day            and spreads to people through                 said.
feeding the animals, forgoing the rides      exposure to manure.
and fried goodies and midway games.                                                        Finding those people to interview is
                                             Kellie Baldwin was quoted as saying,          laborious. The story says that between
But, the story says, a 45-minute visit to    "The stroller was covered in poop,"           15 and 20 state health workers, college
the petting zoo on an October Sunday         noting that the animals milled about          students and federal officials are calling
may have been all the exposure               freely in the pen with children and their     fairgoers to find three healthy people
Matthew needed to pick up the E. coli        parents.                                      who match the age of each E. coli
bacterium, turning the Baldwins' happy                                                     victim and ask them where they went
afternoon celebrating the state's            A genetic strain of the bacterium that        during their visit, what they ate, and
agricultural heritage into a month-long      infected at least 20 people has been          whether they washed their hands,
medical horror.                              found in soil samples near one of the         among other things. That process may
                                             petting zoos, but health officials were       conclude soon, Engel said, with a final
A few days after the fair excursion,         cited as saying that such evidence is         report naming the source of the
Matthew doubled over with stomach            incomplete and may turn out to be             outbreak prepared by January, he said.

                                            Free Memberships!
If you have a talent for trivia, a passion for print, a nose for news or just a genuine concern for environmental and public health
issues, the NJEHA News is looking for you! The NJEHA Executive Council encourages members to submit articles for
publication and offers four FREE memberships per year to health professionals interested in having their research and articles
published. The NJEHA wants you – the writer, researcher, student, educator, etc. – to share your features, articles, case studies
and original research with the general membership.

All articles should be a minimum of 750 words, and content should be related to the fields of environmental and public health.
Some suggested topics are radon, environmental metals, rodent/insect vectors, waterborne/airborne/foodborne diseases,
sewage/septic technologies, future of public health, hazmat – you get the idea. Articles will be reviewed by the newsletter
committee, and one will be selected for publication in each quarterly newsletter. Authors will be notified by mail and/or email of
their article’s selection and free annual membership.

This is a great way to have your hard work published, share valuable information with fellow NJEHA members and earn a FREE
membership. So what are you waiting for? Submit your articles (with return address and phone number) to Dalynn Knigge,
NJEHA News Editor, P.O. Box 527, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0527, or email to
                                        Winter 2004 - 2005                                                            Page 15

                            What’s in Store for March 2005
Plans for the 2nd Annual Educational Conference are underway. This year’s theme, “Partnering for Environmental Health,”
reflects our recognition of the changing times and our need to develop strong working relationships with other agencies and
professionals. The conference will again be held at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino on March 6, 7 and 8, 2005. Some changes have
been made to the conference rooms and to the schedule in hopes of making this conference even better than last year!

Sunday, the 6th, will kick off at noon with a full afternoon of classes. The traditional icebreaker will take place that evening.
Monday morning’s keynote presentation will prove to be very interesting as we will bring together the Commissioner of the DCA,
Susan Bass Levin, NJDHSS Deputy Commissioner Jim Blumenstock, and NJDEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell. Former state
health department employee, Dr. Thomas Burke of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, will moderate the panel.
After this enlightening event, participants will break out to the variety of sessions planned – this year in tracks of Food Safety,
Environmental Protection and Risk Communication.

Our funny fundraising event will be the “Flu Toss!” We are retiring those dead crows for a while. Full 3-day registrants will have
the opportunity of choosing between a ticket for the President’s Banquet, featuring NEHA President Jim Balsamo, and a ticket for
the kitchen tour hosted by the Tropicana. For those who don’t want to miss a thing, banquet tickets will be available at an
additional cost.

We expect many more exhibitors this year and our speakers will cover topics of many kinds. As usual, all 15 credits towards the
REHS and HO license will be achievable, as well as CHES credits. We welcome our partners from other public health
organizations including NJSOPHE, NJLBOH, etc. This year we are especially proud to be working with the Consumer and
Environmental Health Services division of the NJDHSS. Director Jim Brownlee has been extremely supportive and a great partner
in the planning of this event and in our efforts to host the 2007 NEHA Annual Educational Conference.

Registration brochures were recently sent along with your membership renewal application. You can also find all the registration
information and costs on our website: You don’t want to miss this one! See you there.

             NEHA REHS/RS Exam at March Conference
The National Environmental Health Association has made a very special arrangement with the NJEHA to offer environmental
health practitioners in the New Jersey area the preeminent means of elevating professional standing – the REHS/RS credential.
The New Jersey Environmental Health Association will proctor the REHS/RS exam for any conference attendees who are
pre-approved to take it. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

                           Application Fees:                   NEHA Members -             $35.00
                                                               Non-Members -              $60.00

                           Exam Fees:                          NEHA Members -             $95.00
                                                               Non-Members-               $175.00

            The exam will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. in the Seaside Room of the Tropicana Hotel.

                                PLEASE CONTACT NJEHA AT 908-806-7930.
You will be advised once your application has been approved. Upon approval, should you wish to sit for the exam, YOU MUST
NOTIFY NJEHA by faxing your acceptance letter to 908-806-7930. Failure to do so will exclude you from taking the exam.

The REHS/RS is the premier NEHA credential. It is available to a wide range of environmental health professionals.
Individuals holding the REHS/RS credential show competency in environmental health issues, direct and train personnel to
respond to routine or emergency environmental situations, and frequently provide education to their communities on
environmental health concerns. The advantages of NEHA's REHS/RS registration program are: the nationwide recognition of the
REHS/RS credential, the continual update of the REHS/RS examination and study guide based on an ongoing assessment of the
environmental health field, and the tracking of an individual’s continuing education by NEHA.
                                              NJEHA News - Winter 2004

               Your Votes Are In: NJEHA Election Results
The votes have been tallied, and the New Jersey Environmental Health Association is proud to announce its new roster of Officers
and Members-at-Large. A hearty congratulations to those who will be serving the NJEHA during its next two year term, and a
sincere thank you to all nominees for their interest in serving. Following is a list of the New Jersey Environmental Health
Association’s 2004 – 2006 Executive Council:

PRESIDENT                                                       MEMBERS AT LARGE
Theresa Lombardi, Chilton Memorial Hospital                     Lorna Bonorand, East Windsor Health Department

PRESIDENT ELECT                                                 Kathleen Chort-Holmes, Burlington County Health Department
Cinthia Weaver, Summit Regional Health Department               Marconi Gapas, Union Township Health Department

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT                                            Diane Homler, Mahwah Health Department
William Dotts, Food and Drug Administration
                                                                Randy Moscaritolo, Plainfield Health Department
Aimee DeLotto, Wayne Health Department
                                                                Mary Lou Pruent, Denville Township Health Department
                                                                Robert Uhrik, South Brunswick Health Department
Kristin Reed, Lawrence Township Health Department
                                                                Harriett Zivin, Retired
MaryAnn Orapello, Wayne Health Department
                                                                IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
                                                                Kimberly Zagorski

PO Box 527
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0527

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