Testimony & Official Correspondence

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Statement by Richard Wiles, Environmental Working Group, Before the Committee on Use of Third Party Toxicity Research with Human Participants

January 8, 2003

Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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December 6, 2002

Ms. Dorothy Sussman Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Environmental Health Division of Laboratory Sciences Mail Stop F-20 4770 Buford Highway Atlanta, Georgia 30341

Dear Ms. Sussman:

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A review of federal and industry science on the toxic industrial chemical commonly called C8 (perflouroctanoic acid, used to make Teflon) reveals that water pollution policy by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is far less protective than previous industry standards.

The findings, authored by the Washington-based research organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), undercut public assertions by state officials that their drinking water standards are based on sound science.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

"Contamination of drinking water supplies by the toxic industrial chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, or C8) is a continuing concern to the residents of Parkersburg and surrounding areas of Wood County near the source of the pollution, DuPont’s manufacturing operation in Washington, West Virginia."

Monday, October 29, 2007

Like lead, mercury is toxic to the developing brain. It blocks the natural formation and migration of nerve cells and alters brain growth and development. The fetus is most vulnerable to mercury and the principal source of exposure is fish consumption by the mother. EPA estimates that between 60 and 75 percent of mercury in U.S. waters is from man made pollution, and that coal fired power plants are the largest and only unregulated source.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

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Air monitoring by Environmental Working Group and residents of a Central California mobile home park after methyl bromide fumigation of an adjacent strawberry field found levels of the pesticide that may have exceeded the state's health standard. Methyl bromide was detected in the park at a distance eleven times greater than the state-mandated buffer zone intended to protect residents from exposure.
Monday, October 29, 2007

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Air monitoring by the Environmental Working Group detected extremely high levels of the toxic pesticide methyl bromide drifting from a strawberry field next to Salsipuedes Elementary School in Watsonville, Calif., following fumigation of the field on Oct. 25, 1997.

Monday, October 29, 2007
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On Aug. 21, 1997, owners of the Nakama Ranch began fumigating a 90-acre strawberry field in Camarillo, Calif., with methyl bromide. The field is next to the Lamplighter Mobile Home Estates, whose residents, concerned about the dangers of exposure to the acutely toxic pesticide, had appealed to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to stop the fumigation. DPR denied the appeal, and fumigation proceeded, 10 acres at a time, through Sept. 8.