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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vitter doing bidding of formaldehyde industry

The Baton Rouge Advocate has a story today (link under the news section of this page on the lower right) regarding the Louisiana Environmental Action Network sending out an alert to ask members to contact Sen. David Vitter to remove his hold on an important EPA nomination. Vitter is arm twisting to make EPA agree to do what the Formaldehyde Council wants regarding a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of the research regarding the toxicity of formaldehyde before regulating it. Vitter said he had never heard of NAS being used as an industry tool, but the Center for Science in the Public Interest says one in five scientists on NAS panels has a direct financial ties to the companies that stand to benefit from the deliberations—a clear conflict of interest. See http://www.cspinet.org/new/200607241.html or the link under news on this page.

Literally thousands of families in Louisiana were poisoned by formaldehyde in FEMA trailers, and now their Sen. Vitter--who has received significant campaign contributions from industries that emit large quantities of formaldehyde pollution--wants to prevent this harmful chemical from finally being properly regulated in the U.S. If getting caught in a prostitution scandal isn't enough, hopefully Vitter's FormaldehydeGate will turn Louisiana voters to a better choice.