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Friday, December 25, 2009

bah humbug to Sen. David Vitter

A big “bah humbug” to Sen. David Vitter for his Christmas Eve victory in getting the EPA to cave in to the Formaldehyde Council with an agreement paving the way for Christmas Eve Senate approval of Paul Anastas as EPA's director of research and development. David Vitter was holding up the confirmation of Anastas in order to do the bidding of the Formaldehyde Council, which wanted a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of the formaldehyde toxicity research as a way to delay and dilute effective regulations of this dangerous chemical.
Jonathon Tilove reported in the Times Picayune today that EPA had resisted Vitter's pressure, contending the NAS review would delay its ability to issue a risk assessment and new safety standards.
Vitter has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from formaldehyde interests.
Predictably, the Formaldehyde Council (FC) was delighted that EPA agreed to allow NAS to review the literature. Betsy Natz, executive director of the FC, said "In his time in Washington, Sen. Vitter has acted as a firm advocate in favor of sound science in the development of public policy, consistently resisting the injection of agenda-driven research into environmental regulation."
How can she say that with a straight face? Resisting the injection of "agenda-driven research?" What can be more agenda driven than helping the Formaldehyde Council's scientific prostitutes biased reviews of scientific studies to be used to counter the overwhelming scientific evidence that formaldehyde causes cancer, breathing problems, and a host of other health problems?
EPA said that the NAS review must be done in an expedited manner. Let's hope that happens, and that NAS doesn't allow biased research reviews paid for by the Formaldehyde Institute to prevent proper regulation of formaldehyde. The Formaldehyde Council isn’t concerned about good science. It just wants to subvert the science and keep the track record it has had for the past 30 years in preventing this dangerous pollutant from being properly regulated.
It is great the Anastas, known as the Father of Green Chemistry, was confirmed. Now let's hope he is able to be effective in harnessing the power of green chemistry to find safer alternatives to carcinogens like formaldehyde in common use in our environment.