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From Bureaucrats to Fat Cats

Tuesday, June 1, 1999

From Bureaucrats to Fat Cats

EPA Pesticide Program is a "Farm Team" for the Pesticide Lobby

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Most Washington insiders are familiar with the concept of the revolving door— former government officials leave their respective agencies to work as lawyers, lobbyists and consultants, offering easy access to the government process and insider knowhow to clients. The problem is so pervasive that one of President Clinton’s first presidential acts was to establish rules dictating how long former government officials must wait before they are allowed to lobby former co-workers. Many states have similar laws and guidelines on the books.

But long before this federal “revolving door” rule was in effect, a striking number of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top pesticide officials had already gone on to assist toxic pesticide manufacturers in circumventing and delaying EPA’s efforts to protect public health.

The Environmental Working Group examined the current employment of former top pesticide regulators at the U.S. EPA. Our analysis, which was limited to individuals no longer working at the agency, found that twothirds of the highest ranking officials since the pesticide program was established now receive at least part of their paycheck from pesticide interests actively fighting EPA efforts to protect infants and children from pesticides. 1 This includes four out of six former Assistant Administrators for Pesticides and Toxic Substances since 1977, and two out of four former directors of the Office of Pesticide Programs since 1983.

View and Download the report here: From Bureaucrats to Fat Cats

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