Testimony & Official Correspondence

Thursday, September 27, 2007

FDA calls industry's bluff on product safety. Acting on a petition filed June 14, 2004 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) [view petition], on February 3, 2005 the Food and Drug Administration issued an unprecedented warning to the cosmetics industry [view document] stating that the Agency is serious about enforcing the law requiring companies to inform consumers that personal care products have not been safety tested.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

A preliminary Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey identified the following manufacturing facilities that use the Teflon chemical PFOA in their operations: Dyneon in Aston, PA; Clariant in Gainesville, FL; Daikin in Orangeburg, NY; Daikin in Decatur, AL; Asahi in Bayonne, NJ; and Asahi in Thorndale, PA. These represent a small subset of all facilities that use the Teflon chemical in their operations.

Monday, October 29, 2007

January 24, 2005

Stephen L. Johnson
Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
USEPA Headquarters
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Deputy Administrator Johnson:

On November 10, 2004, the EPA announced the suspension of the Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study, known as CHEERS, and the creation of a panel of experts to review the ethics, scientific integrity and methodology of the proposed study.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Interior Secretary Gale Norton and other officials in the Bush administration, along with numerous members of Congress, plan to participate in a conference this week at one of the most exclusive luxury resorts in the country. The purpose: speak to and meet with leaders of the very extractive industries that already have all but unfettered access to our public lands.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Kenneth A. Cook

Speech to The American Bankers Association
Agricultural Bankers Annual Meeting Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 16, 2004

"Most people not on the receiving end of farm program payments would question the broad public purpose being served by them. But Congress keeps passing farm bills, so the legislation must be designed to meet some objective."

--Bruce Babcock
"Creation of a WTO-Friendly Farm Safety Net"
Iowa Ag Review, Fall 2004

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Friday, June 15, 2007

NOVEMBER 17, 2004 — The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has uncovered evidence that DuPont is suppressing new study results that show significant health risks from their Teflon ingredient PFOA (C8) (Exhibit A, B). The results, reported below, show what appear to be the highest blood levels of the Teflon chemical ever found outside of the workplace in the United States (Exhibit A).

Monday, October 29, 2007

October 29, 2004

Dr. Paul Gilman, Assistant Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Dr. Gilman:

Thank you for your October 27, 2004 letter discussing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) $2 million partnership with the chemical industry's lobbying arm, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), in a precedent-setting study of the effects on pesticides in children.

Monday, October 29, 2007

October 15, 2004

Michael Leavitt
EPA Administrator
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator Leavitt:

Environmental Working Group is deeply troubled to learn that the EPA has decided to make the lobbying arm of a powerful regulated industry its "partner" in a major chemical research initiative. This agreement relegates the public and independent scientists to second tier status, and it suggests that any polluter or regulated industry can become a full partner with the EPA if the price is right.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The plight of Florida's farmers in the aftermath of four successive hurricanes has been a focus of media attention, and of calls from political leaders for an estimated $400 million or more in much needed aid for the state's devastated citrus, vegetable and dairy operations. But farm groups are pressing Congress, as they have every year for decades, for a disaster aid package that would disburse taxpayer funds far beyond the hurricane zone—and add $3 billion to the cost of this year's Homeland Security Department spending bill.

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Friday, June 15, 2007


12 AUGUST 2004 | DuPont is continuing to make the same excuses to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their violations of federal law. This analysis by EWG of DuPont's 2003 response to EPA's original inquiry still applies, since their defense has not changed, even after EPA announced it will formally take action against DuPont for violating section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act.