January 24, 2007 The Pump Handle

by Revere, cross-posted from Effect Measure The University of California Regents (their Board of Trustees) is facing a thorny issue: should researchers in the University of California system be banned from taking research support from the tobacco industry? Two conflicting imperatives, one, unfettered freedom to pursue research wherever it leads; the other, the need for […]

January 21, 2007 The Pump Handle

Mining companies opposed to a health standard to protect underground miners from diesel particulate matter (DPM) finally had their day in court.  The morning proceeding featured remarks about tail-wagging dogs and coal-mine canaries, presented before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Industry attorneys urged the Court to vacate […]

January 16, 2007 The Pump Handle

By Sheldon Krimsky ExxonMobil has already come under scrutiny for funding global warming deniers, but the company has also funded research that raises concerns about conflict of interest in litigation research. The company began funding litigation research after being hit with punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill, and then cited that research […]

January 12, 2007 The Pump Handle 2Comment

If you’ve got a long weekend coming up, what better way to spend it than by reading the best science blog posts? Coturnix of A Blog Around the Clock has links to the 50 posts chosen for the Science Blogging Anthology. Elsewhere in the blogosphere …

January 12, 2007 The Pump Handle

By David Michaels “Risk assessment data can be like a captured spy: if you torture it long enough, it will tell you anything you want to know.” – William Ruckelshaus, first EPA Administrator, Risk assessment, explicit and implicit, is the motor that drives regulation. It can be a valuable tool for assisting regulatory agencies in […]

January 8, 2007 The Pump Handle 2Comment

by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz Mr. Milkey (for the State of Massachusetts): Respectfully, Your Honor. It is not the stratosphere. It’s the troposphere. Justice Scalia: Troposphere, whatever. I told you before I’m not a scientist. (Laughter) Justice Scalia: That’s why I don’t want to deal with global warming, to tell you the truth. [PDF […]

January 3, 2007 The Pump Handle

by Dick Clapp  The latest issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicine contains a commentary from Ken Mundt, a consultant with ENVIRON International Corporation, on “Cancer incidence among semiconductor and electronic storage device workers,” an IBM-funded study by Bender et al appearing in the same issue. Mundt says that “the study offers some reassurance that at this […]

December 12, 2006 The Pump Handle

By Dick Clapp On December 1, NPR’s Living on Earth aired a segment on conflicts of interest in medical research. Host Bruce Gellerman interviewed Dr. Lennart Hardell, lead author of a recent article on conflicts of interest in cancer research published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Catherine DeAngelis, editor-in-chief of the Journal of […]

December 7, 2006 The Pump Handle 1Comment

By David Michaels According to a report in the Wall Street Journal published last December (by Peter Waldman, 12/23/05), product defense experts at ChemRisk pulled off a particularly audacious scam on behalf of Pacific Gas and Electric, the California utility that was being sued for contaminating drinking water with hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen. ChemRisk’s scientists […]