OMB blocking EPA report on chem dangers to kids

There’s nothing quite like rich, powerful industry lobbyists to warm your heart, and poison your body and mind (literally), during the holiday season. Thank you, OMB, it’s just what I asked Santa for!

Clearly it’s best that American families know nothing about potential chemical dangers to their kids because the chemical industry doesn’t want the information to be published. The chemical industry surely knows what’s best for American families, right? And who really trusts peer-reviewed research anyway?

Public health officials view it as a source of one-stop shopping for the best information on what children and women of childbearing age are exposed to, how much of it remains in their bodies and what the health effects might be. Among the “health outcomes” listed as related to environmental exposures are childhood cancer, obesity, neurological disorders, respiratory problems and low birth weight….

In a section on perfluorochemicals (PFCs), for example, which are used to make nonstick coatings, and protect textiles and carpets from water, grease and soil, among other things, the draft notes that they are found in human breast milk.

Toxic chemicals in breast milk, nummy.

Sure, your kid might have serious health problems like asthma and learning disabilities from everyday chemicals, but how else are these businesses expected to make an easy buck? To deny Big Chemical is to deny freedom and profits, and that’s all that matters in the star-spangled-bannered-world.

Why does the EPA hate America? (And who’s OMB is this anyway, George Bush’s?)

NBC News:

Kids via Shutterstock

Kids via Shutterstock

Some present and former EPA staffers, who asked not to be named for fear of losing their jobs, blamed the sidetracking of the report on heightened political pressure during the campaign season.  The OMB has been slow to approve environmental regulations and other EPA reports throughout the Obama Administration — as it was under George W. Bush according to reports by the Center for Progressive Reform, a nonprofit consortium of scholars, doing research on health, safety and environmental issues, which generally advocate for stronger regulation and better enforcement of existing law.

“Why is it taking so long? One must ask the question,” said a former EPA researcher who works on children’s health issues. “It is an important document and it strikes me that it’s falling victim to politics.”

The EPA states that the report is intended, in part, to help policymakers identify and evaluate ways to minimize environmental impacts on children.

That’s an unwelcome prospect to the $674 billion chemical industry, which stands to lose business and face greater legal liability if the EPA or Congress bans certain substances mentioned in the report or sets standards reducing the levels of exposure that is considered safe.


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  • http://twitter.com/amordecosmos amordecosmos

    According to Adam Smith, the “Free Market” does not work when influenced by corruption, large corporations, and advertising.

  • samizdat

    So, the slow-death-by-take-your-pick toxic chemicals industry, “which stands to lose business and face greater legal liability if…EPA or Congress bans certain substances…in the report or sets
    standards”, is worried about regulations? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Why, they feckin’ own the Congress, both the Democratic whores and the Republican whores. No one thinks they paid all of those bribes (“campaign contributions”, my arse) for nothing, do they?

    The hazardous and possibly toxic nature of this family of chemicals has been known for at least a decade. If nothing has been yet done, does anyone really think a corporate whore like Drone-bama is going to come riding in on a white charger to save the children? He thinks only of his own children. All others be damned…and poisoned.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yes, and it’s the biggest bureaucratic agency associated with the Executive branch.

  • beltman713

    Office of Management and Budget maybe?

  • beltman713

    OMB?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Want to know what a corporatist plutocrat looks like? Just read the wiki entry for the current acting director of the OMB, Jeffrey Zients:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Zients

    And who in the OMB is responsible for environmental issues and regulations? Why, that would be Cass Sunstein.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2009/01/10/172541/cass-sunstein-anti-regulation/

    – Once called for changing the Clean Air Act to require a balancing of costs and benefits in setting national clean air standards – a fundamental weakening long sought by big polluters who believe it would help them resist cleanup;
    – Urged the federal government to devalue senior citizens in calculating the benefits of federal regulations because “A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people.” This is a concept dubbed the “senior death discount,” and that environmentalists forced EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman to renounce in 2003;
    – Argued that it “might be better” to help future generations deal with global warming by “including approaches that make posterity richer and better able to adapt” than by “reducing emissions.”
    – Even raised questions about the value of cleaning up Love Canal, reducing arsenic in drinking water and using child restraints in automobiles?

    I suspect the buck stops on Sunstein’s desk at the OMB. (The Thinkprogress article is definitely worth a read.)

  • Sweetie

    There is no such thing. It’s an illusion like free speech.

  • http://www.givesgoodemail.com Givesgoodemail

    Really? Hasn’t so far.

  • OtterQueen

    I’m sure the free market can take care of this.

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