viding resources and support for local science teach- ers. Some of the unique activities done only by a few NAS , FDA, an d CPSC o n chapters include awarding their own locally funded Chlorofluorocarbon s scholarships, arranging for students to job shadow meteorologists at work and/or attend workplace tours, On 13 September 1976 the National holding student scientific paper competitions, con- Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued its ducting career nights and job fairs for students, and long-awaited reports on the chlorofluoro- regularly providing speakers to other public organi- carbon problem, the culmination of 18 zations and schools. months of study of the gases that are It is hoped that by sharing this information, AMS chiefly used as the propellants in aerosol members and other local chapters will gather some spray cans. . . new ideas that perhaps they have not considered in the One month after the NAS reports were area of community education and outreach. As part made public, the Food and Drug Admin- of its current 10-Year Vision Statement, the AMS has istration (FDA) announced that it intended the goal of increasing outreach beyond the science to phase out the use of chlorofluorocarbons community. The goal specifically states, "The AMS in the products over which it has author- must place greater emphasis upon reaching out to the ity—some 80% of all products now pack- broad spectrum of our public. We must pay great at- aged in aerosol containers. The FDA tention to having a positive impact on public policy. announcement was followed by a similar This implies that the AMS should have more activi- action from the Consumer Product Safety ties and outreach directed to decision makers, as well Commission (CPSC). . . as generating grass-roots public support through edu- The FDA proposed ac- cation of the public." Local chapters have a critical tion will require the fol- role in interacting with, educating, and fostering a love lowin g warning on the of science and the earth-atmosphere system at the lo- labels of aerosol spray cal level. By choosing to engage in local community products containing fluo- education they can provide a key component of out- rocarbon propellant over reach to schools, the general public, other professions, which it has jurisdiction: and local governments, to mention a few. Warning. Contains a Again, thank you for all you already do. Should chlorofluorocarbon that may harm the your chapter choose to participate in new educational public health and environment by reduc- outreach activities, remember two things: 1) there may ing ozone in the upper atmosphere. be some advice that other local chapters can offer you [FDA] Commissioner [Alexander MJ and 2) the goals of the society are behind you.— Schmidt noted that the action, which could Wendy Schreiber-Abshire • take effect in early 1977 barring legal ac- tion from the cosmetic industry, is seen as an interim measure; a timetable for phas- ing out all nonessential uses of fluorocar- bons will later be proposed. The vote of 5 to 0 by the CPSC com- missioners to also ban the use of fluorocar- bons in aerosol products not regulated by FDA came as a surprise to the cosmetics industry. No timetable, however, has been established for the CPSC ban. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 57, 1472. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 2001
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