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Testimony & Official Correspondence

Friday, October 26, 2007

Ken Cook and Chris Campbell [1]
June 9, 2005

U.S. taxpayers provided $264 million in 2004 to a handful of agribusiness firms through an obscure but controversial cotton subsidy program at the center of a fierce global debate over agricultural subsidies—a debate that has paralyzed international trade negotiations for the past three years. One company alone, Allenberg Cotton of Cordova, Tennessee, received almost $35 million through the program last year, and has collected more than $186 million since 1995.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A U.S. Decision Not To Comply Could
Put Other American Industries At Risk


Ken Cook [1] & Chris Campbell
Environmental Working Group


Washington, June 9—It is the big 'what if' question occupying Brazilian policy experts and legislators in the wake of their country's stunning victory over the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in March.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Citing a strong body of peer-reviewed evidence, EWG today asked the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to list fluoride in tap water in its authoritative Report on Carcinogens, based on its ability to cause a rare form of childhood bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in boys.

Friday, September 14, 2007

An alternative for Brazil in case of non-compliance by the USA in the appellate decision on the cotton suit

Prepared by Maristela Basso and Edson Beas of the Institute for Trade and Development Rights (IDCID.org.br)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Ken Cook and Chris Campbell [1]
June 9, 2005

U.S. taxpayers provided $264 million in 2004 to a handful of agribusiness firms through an obscure but controversial cotton subsidy program at the center of a fierce global debate over agricultural subsidies—a debate that has paralyzed international trade negotiations for the past three years. One company alone, Allenberg Cotton of Cordova, Tennessee, received almost $35 million through the program last year, and has collected more than $186 million since 1995.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Judge Edward Becker of the U.S. Circuit Court in Philadelphia was asked by Senate leaders to oversee negotiations around a compromise asbestos trust fund bill. In a letter to Judge Becker, EWG President Ken Cook argues that he has ignored the needs of people who are sick and dying of asbestos disease.


May 24, 2005

Honorable Edward R. Becker
19613 United States Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
By Fax: 215-597-7217

Dear Judge Becker,

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Friday, June 15, 2007

19 MAY 2005 | DuPont was served Thursday with a subpoena from the Justice Department's environmental crimes unit requesting documents on a key Teflon chemical. DuPont has already agreed to pay up to $340 million in a civil settlement for Teflon pollution and is the subject of an EPA investigation into its coverup of studies of the chemical's health effects.

Friday, June 15, 2007

When Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) voted in favor of lawsuit immunity for drinking water polluters—and against the interests of his own constituents and thousands of communities nationwide — he claimed he had developed a massive 'trust fund' plan to pay for clean up of MTBE contamination. EWG President Ken Cook has asked Bass for details on his strategy, proposal, and who helped him develop it.

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The Honorable Charles Bass
2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-2902

April 26, 2005

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
image of gifts given to study participants

Today Steve Johnson, nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced that the Agency is calling off a study that would have paid families $970 to videotape their children after exposing them to pesticides and other dangerous chemicals for two years. Mike Casey, vice president for public affairs of Environmental Working Group (EWG), said the following:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

EWG appeal requesting correction of FDA seafood advisory entitled "What you need to know about mercury in fish and shellfish: 2004 FDA and EPA advice for women who might become pregnant, women who are pregnant, nursing mothers, young children" (PDF of faxed letter to Dr. Acheson.)

PDF file of letter

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