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‘I Lied About Toxic Chemicals for Exxon, DuPont, and Their Lobbyists’

thedailybeast.com — The chemical industry's powerful trade group, the American Chemistry Council, has long maintained that it had nothing to do with an enormously successful but deceitful lobbying effort in state capitals to defend the use of potentially ineffective and toxic flame retardants in furniture.

American Chemistry Council lied about lobbying role on flame retardants, consultant says

publicintegrity.org — The council's credibility is crucial as it currently works with a bipartisan group in the Senate to rewrite the law governing the regulation of toxic chemicals. The bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act passed a Senate committee recently by a vote of 15 to 5 and last week picked up 14 new senators as co-sponsors, virtually assuring it can pass the Senate.

Debt and Tribal Payday Lenders

dailyyonder.com — In the battle to shield themselves from lawsuits and government oversight, some high-interest payday lenders have found unlikely allies: Native American tribes. In legal fights in California, New Mexico, West Virginia and Colorado, a group of Internet-based payday lenders have argued they are immune from lawsuits and regulation because they are "tribal enterprises."

Scientist with industry ties won't lead EPA chemical risk-assessment program

publicintegrity.org — The Environmental Protection Agency won't be hiring a scientist with strong ties to industry to run its chemical assessment program. As the Center for Public Integrity reported in December, one of two finalists for director of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which evaluates the health risks of toxic chemicals, runs a nonprofit that does substantial work for the chemical industry.

Hear how politics beat science on chemical research

publicintegrity.org — Al Letson: When you think of hot button political issues scientific integrity probably doesn't make your list, but it was a priority for Barack Obama. During his first presidential campaign Obama promised he wouldn't let politics interfere with science. He repeated that pledge when he became president. Pres.

Burma: Amazing Shots From a Photographer's Paradise

outsideonline.com — After 5 years of work, 38 flights, and 10 separate visas to Burma, photographer David Heath released his first book late last year. Undeniably one of the most raw and photogenic places on earth, Heath brought an eye to the region that can only be explained by his hours logged behind the lens and devotion to this project.

Republican bills take aim at EPA science, rulemaking

publicintegrity.org — H.R. 1422, which also passed the House late last year, sets new rules for who can advise the EPA on scientific matters. "Despite a statutory requirement that EPA's advisory panels be 'fairly balanced in terms of point of view represented,' the Agency routinely excludes private sector expertise," said Rep.

Environmental Protection Agency Still Slow to Study Toxic Chemicals

time.com — In his first inaugural address, between promising to fix the economy and lower the cost of health care, President Barack Obama made this pledge: "We'll restore science to its rightful place." It might sound arcane as a presidential priority, but it was a big deal at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

publicintegrity.org — Sign up for the Center for Public Integrity's Watchdog email and get the news you want from the Center when you want it. An investigation by the Government Accountability Office found that during the Bush administration the White House was delaying the EPA's efforts to assess whether chemicals posed a public health risk.

Scientist with deep industry ties being considered for key EPA job

publicintegrity.org — Dourson left the EPA in 1994 to start TERA, based in Ohio. The group's website notes that 63 percent of TERA's revenue in 2013 came from government agencies and nonprofits, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The rest came from for-profit companies.
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