Testimony & Official Correspondence

Monday, October 1, 2007

Before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.

Public Lands Analyst

Environmental Working Group

Submitted for the Record


Mr. Chairman, distinguished Members of the Committee: my name is Dusty Horwitt, and I am a Public Lands Analyst at Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, and Oakland, California. I thank the members of the Committee for this opportunity to testify.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


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September 26, 2007

Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D.

Commissioner of Food and Drugs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

5600 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD 20857

Dear Dr. von Eschenbach:

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Monday, August 6, 2007


Friday, January 25, 2008

BPA Experts Find Hundreds of Errors in Government Assessment

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August 6, 2007

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Washington, July 27 — House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte, members of their committee, and their staffs, are to be commended for working long and hard to produce the Farm Bill passed by the House of Representatives today.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

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The Honorable Barbara Boxer

United States Senate

Committee on Environment and Public Works

Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, DC 20510-6175

July 30, 2007

Dear Madam Chairwoman and Members of the Committee:

We are writing to urge the Committee to support S. 742, The Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007, and to commend those Committee members who have already cosponsored this important legislation.

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Monday, July 2, 2007

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June 20, 2007

Dr. Michael D. Shelby
Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction
National Institute of Environmental Health Services
Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 12233
MD EC-32
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Re: Comments on the Interim Draft NTP-CERHR Report on the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity of Bisphenol

Friday, June 8, 2007

"Flame retardants present a growing risk to human health, particularly the health of infants and children, and levels in the environment appear to be increasing. Today's vote represents a great victory for Washington activists, and could boost similar efforts in states across the country and set the stage for a national ban."


EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007


EWG is disturbed to learn that Dennis C. Paustenbach is on the "Short List" of potential appointees to the Asbestos Panel of the EPA Science Advisory Board. EPA's Ispecifies that appointees to the Panel should display "absence of financial conflicts of interest" and "absence of an appearance of a lack of impartiality." Based on evidence of his work for defendant corporations in lawsuits over asbestos exposure, his studies that consistently aim to refute or minimize the scientifically established risks of asbestos exposure, and other evidence detailed below of a lack of adherence to scientific and professional ethics, it is clear that Dr. Paustenbach is unfit to serve on the Panel.

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