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Inside the Chemical Lobby

Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan watchdog organization that closely follows the activities of the chemical lobby and the $3 trillion global chemical industry. Visit Inside the Chemical Lobby often to keep up to date on industry maneuvers to affect legislation and regulation and to distort science.

Thank You For Buying Our Toxic Plastic
By Elaine Shannon, Editor-in-chief, Environmental Working Group – June 1, 2009
It’s 1960. Embattled tobacco industry reps, accused by the Federal Trade Commission and health groups of hawking products that kill people, retreat to a sumptuous hideaway and devise a campaign to salvage cigarettes by, among other things, targeting women. Read more.
FDA relied heavily on BPA lobby
By Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 16, 2009
As federal regulators hold fast to their claim that a chemical in baby bottles is safe, e-mails obtained by the Journal Sentinel show that they relied on chemical industry lobbyists to examine bisphenol A’s risks, track legislation to ban it and even monitor press coverage. Read more.
What the Chemical Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know
By Elaine Shannon, Editor-in-chief, September 2008
It takes a lot of nerve to go up against the $3 trillion-a-year global chemical industry. Ask University of Missouri-Columbia scientists Frederick Vom Saal and Wade Welshons. They’ve been in the industry’s crosshairs for more than a decade, since their experiments turned up the first hard evidence that miniscule amounts of bisphenol A (BPA), an artificial sex hormone and integral component of a vast array of plastic products, caused irreversible changes in the prostates of fetal mice. Read more.
Wash Post: Chemical Industry’s Influence at EPA Probed
By Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post, April 4, 2008
A congressional committee is investigating ties between the chemical industry and expert review panels hired by the Environmental Protection Agency to help it determine safe levels for a variety of chemical compounds. Read more.
California chemical wars, continued
By Bill Walker, EWG vice president for the West Coast (*Bill Walker is no longer with EWG.) August 11, 2008
A few weeks ago, I told you about the U.S. chemical industry’s war to stop two California bills that would ban carcinogenic Teflon chemicals in food packaging and endocrine-disrupting chemicals in baby bottles. Heading into the final weeks of the legislative session, both bills, which are sponsored by Environmental Working Group, are still alive, and the industry is still throwing everything it’s got at them. Read more.
The chemical industry’s war on California toxics reform
By Bill Walker, EWG vice president for the West Coast (*Bill Walker is no longer with EWG.) July 13, 2008
Raise your hand if you want your food packaging – hamburger wrappers, french-fry bags, pizza boxes – coated with cancer-causing Teflon chemicals that pollute the bodies of unborn babies and Arctic polar bears. How about baby bottles and sippy cups made with hormone-disrupting chemicals that are about to be banned in Canada and that Wal-Mart and Target have pulled off the shelf? Read more.
Wash Post: Studies on Chemical in Plastics Questioned
By Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post, April 26, 2008
Despite more than 100 published studies by government scientists and university laboratories that have raised health concerns about a chemical compound that is central to the multibillion-dollar plastics industry, the Food and Drug Administration has deemed it safe largely because of two studies, both funded by an industry trade group. Read more.
Controversy Over EPA Removal Of Top Toxicologist
By Rebecca Trager, Chemistry World, March 4, 2008
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is again being accused of caving to pressure from the chemical industry after letters obtained by an environmental lobby group revealed that the agency dismissed toxicologist Deborah Rice from a scientific review panel following protests from the American Chemistry Council. Read more.
EPA, American Chemistry Council Conspire To Remove Toxicologist Deborah Rice From Panel On Flame Retardant Safety
By Mike Adams, Natural News, March 4, 2008
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed an award-winning neurotoxin specialist from a toxicology review panel in August, in compliance with a request from the industry lobby group the American Chemical Council. Read more.
How PG&E’s Scientists-For-Hire Reversed Findings of Cancer Study
December 2005
A consulting firm hired by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) to fight the “Erin Brockovich” lawsuit distorted data from a Chinese study to plant an article in a scientific journal reversing the study’s original conclusion that linked an industrial chemical to stomach cancer, according to documents obtained by Environmental Working Group (EWG). Read more.