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sweetroxie Donating Member (152 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 09:06 AM
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Bush's EPA hides toxics from the public
EPA veils hazardous substances

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

12-22-08

Dec. 21--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency routinely allows companies to keep new information about their chemicals secret, including compounds that have been shown to cause cancer and respiratory problems, the Journal Sentinel has found.

The newspaper examined more than 2,000 filings in the EPA's registry of dangerous chemicals for the past three years. In more than half the cases, the EPA agreed to keep the chemical name a secret. In hundreds of other cases, it allowed the company filing the report to keep its name and address confidential.

This is despite a federal law calling for public notice of any new information through the EPA's program monitoring chemicals that pose substantial risk. The whole idea of the program is to warn the public of newfound dangers.

The EPA's rules are supposed to allow confidentiality only "under very limited circumstances."

Legal experts and environmental advocates say the practice of "sanitizing," or blacking out, this information not only strips vital information from the public, it violates the agency's own law.

Section 14 of the Toxic Substances Control Act, the foundation for all the EPA's toxic and chemical regulations, stipulates that chemical producers may not be granted confidentiality when it comes to health and safety data.

"The EPA has chosen to ignore that," said Wendy Wagner, a law professor at the University of Texas-Austin.

The newspaper's findings are just the latest example of how EPA administrators more often than not put company interests above the needs of consumers. Over the past 18 months, the Journal Sentinel has reported on numerous EPA programs that bow to corporate pressure, frustrating health and environmental advocates and disregarding the agency's own mission to inform the public of potentially dangerous chemicals.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/365144...
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 09:16 AM
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1. Why do Republicons HATE the people of America?
Why do republicons keep poisoning, cheating, and lying to the citizens of the United States of America?
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 09:24 AM
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2. Republicans. Rape the present, then bring on the Rapture. Personification of ignorance.
I know that we need two sides to these things (what fun would it be if we can all agree, etc - at least that's the argument)...but I often wonder how Repubs/conservatives ever survive their early childhood, since they are collectively so completely intellectually and morally bankrupt.
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