GOP & Big Beef Fight Truth: Try to Shelve the EPA Dioxin Report
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Source: Earth Island Journal, Autumn 2001
GOP & Big Beef Fight Truth
US - An EPA report on the dangers of dioxin may never see the light of day if the US chemical, beef and poultry industries get their way. The study, the result of more than a decade of research, reportedly concludes that consuming animal fat and dairy products containing traces of dioxin can cause cancer in humans.
EPA scientists are urging EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman to issue the full report this summer. The EPA's issuance of a final report could result in costly federal and state regulations at a time the global beef industry is suffering from the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Europe.
Lining up to help bury the report, are the American Chemistry Council, the Chlorine Chemistry Council, the Chemical Manufacturers Association, the American Meat Institute, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and a host of Republican politicians. The chemical, livestock and meatpacking industries contributed $1,171,000 to George W. Bush's 2000 campaign.
A few things to note:
1) NIEHS just recently announced that they are funding the American Chemistry Council to do research on endocrine disruptors. Click here for details.
2) The American Chemistry Countil (formerly the Chemical Manufacturers Association) is also a partner with EPA and Environmental Defense in a program of voluntary testing of HPV (High Production Volume) chemicals.
Click here for details.
3) GAO report identifies Chemical Manufacturers Association
(now the American Chemistry Council) in their recent report, "Toxic Chemical Review Process Faulted: Scientists on EPA Advisory Panels Often Have Conflicts of Interest." Click here for details.
Links to EPA Dioxin Reports and Information:
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