(WASHINGTON, DC – September 30, 2021) Maria J. Doa, Ph.D., currently Director of the Science Policy Division in the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will soon join EDF’s Healthy Communities team as senior director. , Chemical policy. In this position, she will oversee EDF’s work aimed at reducing exposure to toxic chemicals through the implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
“Americans are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day, and only a small fraction has ever been adequately screened for safety,” said Sarah Vogel, senior vice president of health. “With Dr Doa’s deep expertise in chemical risk assessment and her in-depth knowledge of TSCA, she is well placed to lead EDF’s long-standing work in this area. “
EDF’s Healthy Communities program aims to make air, water, food and products safer by strengthening laws and policies that protect health as well as encouraging cutting-edge research and partnerships with leading community groups and businesses.
Prior to taking on her current position at the EPA, Dr Doa headed the Chemical Control Division of the Bureau of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, where she created successful programs addressing scientific, technical and complex policies to advance chemical risk reduction. During her 30-year career with the EPA, she led the agency’s programs to reduce risks from many industrial and commercial chemicals, including lead, PCBs, mercury and asbestos. . She also led the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory Program – a landmark right-to-know program that educates communities about toxic chemicals to which they may be exposed. Dr Doa holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
“We are at a critical time to ensure that TSCA is implemented in a way that protects those most at risk and helps build healthier communities,” said Dr. Doa. “EDF is used to using scientific expertise to question and advance American policy on chemicals. There is a great deal of work ahead of us, but I am delighted to have the opportunity to advance chemical safety from a new position and also to advance a broader vision of health protection, especially for those most at risk.