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Top 5 Worst Actions of the Bush Administration

October 20, 2008

The Top 5 Worst Actions of the Bush Administration Regarding
Chemical Exposure, Scientific Integrity
and Our Public Health

The deregulation of the chemical industry and weakening of U.S. government regulatory process for chemicals has led to an alarmingly high rate of contamination in the environment and the bodies of those exposed to a variety of chemicals.

Bisphenol A in baby and water bottles, PBDE's from flame retardants, phthalates in toys, and perchlorate from jet fuel are just a few of more than 60,000 chemicals that have gone virtually unregulated for their hazards to human health.  More and more scientific studies demonstrate the links between chemicals and the rise in rates of illness today: obesity, thyroid disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, childhood cancers, reproductive and developmental problems and other health effects are seen as the results.  Yet, industry has attacked the science and the scientists even in the government who are trying to protect our public health.

Physicians for Social Responsibility and other health advocates surveyed more than 100 thought leaders working on these issues and identified the Top 5 worst actions of the current administration that have led to widespread contamination from chemicals.  We recently presented these findings to presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, requesting that chemical exposure concerns be a top priority for the next President of the United States.

The Top 5 Worst Actions committed by the George W. Bush administration: 

1. Administration "Gag Rule" on its own EPA scientists and staff,  preventing them from speaking publicly

2. Approval of a human testing rule to intentionally dose human beings, especially children, with industrial chemicals and pesticides

3. Allowance of corporations to keep secret their activities with toxic biological, chemical or radiological materials (Patriot Act II. SECTION 202)

4. Elimination of protections for workers from toxic chemicals in the workplace

5. EPA refusal to allow California and other states to set their own regulations to mitigate climate change

Runners up:

  • Refusal of U.S. to support the intent of international treaties on chemicals: for example the Stockholm Convention, obstructing efforts to ban lindane (linked to brain tumors), endosulfan (linked to autism) and other Persistent Organic Pollutants and ozone depleting methyl bromide
  • U.S. impeding Global Warming talks
  • EPA neglect of contaminated communities in Brunswick, GA,  Mossville, LA, Dixon, TN; dioxin contaminated communities in Michigan and Texas; and indigenous communities in Alaska 

Links:

Letter to Presidential Candidates

Top 5 Worst Actions of Current Administration Regarding Chemical Exposure, Scientific Integrity and Our Public Health: Summary Report

Contact: Will Callaway, Communications Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility
202-667-4260 x224 wcallaway@psr.org 

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