18 Oct '11, 12pm

New NRDC report, The Delay Game, documents chemical industry efforts to delay health assessments of toxic chemicals

Big business chemical industries have repeatedly blocked the Environmental Protection Agency and other government bodies from assessing the harms of hazardous chemicals. NRDC provides a meticulous accounting of the evidence behind this in The Delay Game . This new report, released today, uses three chemicals, formaldehyde , trichloroethylene (TCE) and styrene , to illustrate a larger systemic breakdown, in desperate need of a fix. Our report outlines the “Four Dog Defense” that big business has developed to defend its dangerous products, first tobacco, then asbestos, and now toxic chemicals generally: 1) My dog (product) doesn’t bite, 2) My dog bites, but it didn’t bite you, 3) My dog bit you, but it didn’t hurt you, and 4) My dog bit you, and hurt you, but it wasn’t my fault. Skeptical? You should be! Without government experts to assess the health harms of industrial che...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jsass/new_nrdc_report_-...

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