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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:38 PM
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Lobbying for Cancer
Industry special interests are burying information on cancer-causing chemicals and, according to watchdog groups, the government is helping them do itin the name of data quality.

In a study of the National Institutes of Healths National Toxicology Program, OMB Watch, a DC-based policy-research group, reports that industry is frustrating the work of government researchers with petitions that are light on science but heavy with accusations of anti-business bias.

Public interest advocates warn that corporations are co-opting the federal Data Quality Act to paralyze scientists with frivolous allegations of inaccuracy, driving a stealth assault on public-health research.

In 2000, Congress passed the Data Quality Act under the guidance of lobbyist Jim Tozzi, a former administrator with the Office of Management and Budget under Reagan who now heads the industry-backed Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE). The two-paragraph statute broadly mandates that agencies uphold the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information they disseminate.

Thats a laudable principle, critics say, but the corporate-friendly Bush administration is promoting exploitation of the law.

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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:41 PM
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1. well, who do you think writes those "lead paint is a red-blooded right" e-mails?
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