Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bush Administration Blocked EPA Studies

Big surprise Bush finds science an impediment to...what, exactly. Oh, that's right. An impediment to doing whatever he wants (i.e., what big business wants).
A congressional watchdog agency has found that White House officials repeatedly intervened in the government's scientific process for assessing the health risks of toxic chemicals, prompting Sen. Barbara Boxer to threaten giving Congress control of the program.

The Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday that the White House's budget office, the Pentagon and other agencies had delayed or blocked efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to list chemicals as carcinogens by requesting more research or more time to review the risks.


GAO officials also faulted the administration for setting new rules that keep secret any involvement by the White House or a federal agency in a decision about the risks of a chemical

The White House knows that what they are doing is wrong, why else would they set a new rule to keep secret their involvement?

Fortunately, Barbara Boxer seems to be doing something about this.
Boxer, D-Calif., who is chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and requested the report, called the findings scandalous. If EPA does not speed up its assessments of toxic chemicals, she warned that Congress might step in and start banning substances that threaten the public health.

"If we don't see that happen, colleagues of mine are going to take matters into their own hands," Boxer said.

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