On this call join award-winning journalist Elizabeth Grossman for a discussion of her 6-month investigation with journalist Valerie Brown into why the United States leaves deadly chemicals on the market. Their investigation found that the revolving door between government and private industry has led the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rely on easily manipulated research in regulating toxic substances we are commonly exposed to. Grossman will discuss how it has come to be that corporate interests control not only the political process but the science itself and how industry has shaped an entire field of science – regulatory toxicology – to downplay the public health risk of toxic chemicals.
Elizabeth Grossman is a journalist and writer specializing in environmental and science issues. She is the author of Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry, High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health, Watershed: The Undamming of America, Adventuring Along the Lewis & Clark Trail, and co-editor of Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Scientific American, National Geographic News, Yale e360, Environmental Health Perspectives, Environmental Health News, Ensia, Civil Eats, The Guardian, In These Times, TheAtlantic.com, Al Jazeera America, Chemical Watch, The Washington Post, Salon, Mother Jones, The Nation, The Pump Handle, Earth Island Journal, InsideClimate News, Yes! Magazine, The Huffington Post and Grist. Grossman’s work focuses on environmental health and related science and policy issues – health of the environment, public, and occupational health.