May 22, 2007 The Pump Handle 0Comment

The public (that’s you) have until May 24 to comments on EPA’s list of nominees for its Science Advisory Board panel on asbestos.  David Michaels has weighed in on this issue  and is submitting his comments today to EPA.  Another organization providing input is the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  Writing on behalf of NRDC, senior scientist Jennifer Sass writes:  

On the whole, industry-employed scientists and scientists working for industry-supported research institutions tend to downplay the effects of toxic chemicals.  …Here, many, if not most of the industry nominees developed their asbestos publication record in the last five years, becoming “instant experts” in the service of their corporate clients.  The nominees are unfit to provide EPA with robust independent scientific advice.

A complete list of the nominees appears here.

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