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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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Winning on BPA? Not so fast.

Winning on BPA?   Not so fast.
It’s been quite a ride with the fight against the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA)–  David vs. Goliath, public interest advocates and a handful of scientists pushing back against lobbyists and dealmakers, shady government contractors, bogus science,  backroom strategy sessions. The...

Toxic Teflon – Too Little, Too Late

Toxic Teflon – Too Little, Too Late
The unfolding debacle with toxic Teflon products is a great example of what happens when you wait too long to regulate a chemical. Teflon, a perflourinated compound (PFC) made by the DuPont company, and related PFCs are some of the most problematic substances ever allowed into widespread commercial use. But...
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