BushCo helps hide cancer threats

Lobby to Hide Cancer Dangers Has Government’s Helping Hand
By Michelle Chen, In These Times
Posted on November 19, 2007, Printed on November 29, 2007

Industry special interests are burying information on cancer-causing chemicals and, according to watchdog groups, the government is helping them do it — in the name of “data quality.”

In a study of the National Institutes of Health’s 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.

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