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Richard Wiles, Sr. VP for Policy and Communications

Richard Wiles co-founded Environmental Working Group with Ken Cook and now directs EWG's programs. He is a nationally recognized expert on children's environmental health, toxic substances and pesticide policies. Wiles is a former senior staff officer at the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Agriculture where he directed path-breaking studies on pesticide policy and organic agriculture. Two of these studies -- Regulating Pesticides: The Delaney Paradox and Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children -- formed the basis for the landmark federal Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, a sweeping reform of federal pesticide regulation. The act marked the first U.S. statutory mandate for explicit protection of infants and children from environmental contaminants. Wiles’ third report, Alternative Agriculture, was instrumental in creating momentum for federal organic food standards. Wiles holds a B.A. Degree from Colgate University and an M.A. degree from California State University at Sacramento. He is an avid skier and sailor

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President’s Panel Issues a Call to Action on Chemicals

President’s Panel Issues a Call to Action on Chemicals
For anyone still in doubt about the need to tighten up the nation’s sad-sack system for protecting the public from hazardous chemicals, last week’s report (May 7) of the President’s Cancer Panel should provide serious food for thought. In a sharp break from the standard line of the American Cancer...

Chemicals Reform Bill a Step Backwards for Children?

Chemicals Reform Bill a Step Backwards for Children?
You wouldn’t give your child an adult dose of Tylenol. You wouldn’t strap an infant into the front seat of your car. The government won’t let a baby be exposed to the same amount of pesticide a grownup can tolerate. But when it comes to regulating chemicals in children’s toys, bedding or baby...

KID-SAFE CHEMICALS
News to Use – For All of Us

KID-SAFE CHEMICALS<br/>News to Use – For All of Us
After nearly 35 years with basically no information on just about any chemical, is it possible to have too much “minimal” information?  Sounds hard to imagine, but some apparently think so. Here’s the issue. Under the newly-released House draft of a chemical regulation reform bill, EPA would...

Kid-Safe Chemicals:
What We – and EPA – Need to Know

Kid-Safe Chemicals:<br/>What We – and EPA – Need to Know
Before you buy a car, you check its safety, reliability and performance ratings. Before you buy a house, you hire an experienced inspector to look for hidden problems.  Before you expose your children to toxic chemicals?  Not so much. Most used car dealers have more reliable information on...

Lautenberg Plan: Safety First

Lautenberg Plan: Safety First
The effort to protect Americans from chemical dangers took a historic step forward today as Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Health, introduced legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.  The current law is riddled...

BPA Spin: That’s What Persists and Accumulates

BPA Spin: That’s What Persists and Accumulates
If the consequences weren’t so serious, it would be entertaining to watch the chemical industry’s top lobbyists scramble to defend the signature toxic chemical of the new millennium, bisphenol-A (BPA).  This is a chemical with some serious toxic muscle.  It’s not just that BPA is a clear and...

Industry’s Call for TSCA Reform – No There There

Industry’s Call for TSCA Reform – No There There
Cal Dooley, new head of the chemical industry lobby group, the American Chemistry Council, seems to have pulled the industry’s head out of the proverbial sand.  Just a year ago the industry adamantly opposed changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Now the industry actively supports “modernization” of...

Flame Retardants for Breakfast

Flame Retardants for Breakfast
It’s not like we needed more proof that our chemical regulatory system is completely broken.  But we have it anyway. It appears as though the food industry is starting to ship fresh produce on plastic pallets, each made with 3.5 pounds of pure decabromodiphenyl ether – Deca for short, the neurotoxic...

Is this EPA Serious about Chemical Regulation?

Is this EPA Serious about Chemical     Regulation?
The federal program to “assess and manage” industrial chemicals polluting the environment has never done either.  Instead of ChAMP (for Chemical Assessment and Management Program, Orwellian Newspeak if we ever heard it), it should have been named KERCHING — for the millions of dollars the...

Death by a Thousand Snapshots

Death by a Thousand Snapshots
Nothing scares the chemical industry like the facts.  That’s why big chemical companies are so afraid of biomonitoring. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, biomonitoring is the testing of blood, urine, breast milk, hair or other tissue for the presence of industrial chemicals and pollutants. What...
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