ERMA board member appointed

Tuesday, 19 December, 2006

A woman with extensive experience in public and environmental health is the newest appointee to the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA), Associate Minister for the Environment, Nanaia Mahuta has announced.

Dr Deborah Read has joined the seven current members to replace Anthony Haggerty, whose term expired on 31 October.

The Authority's primary purpose is to protect people and the environment from the risks of hazardous substances and new organisms. It is responsible for making decisions on applications to import or manufacture new organisms and hazardous substances.

"Read has the necessary practical knowledge of potential public health issues surrounding the management of hazardous substances, including industry and business practices," Mahuta said.

"Read's skills complement the other members' expertise in gene technology and biotechnology, environmental impact assessment skills, and practical governance ability."

Read is a medical officer of Health for the Regional Public Health division of the Hutt Valley District Health Board, chair of the Ministry of Health's Organochlorines Technical Advisory Group and is a member of its Environmental Health Action Plan.

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