Call from December 9, 2015
Article: Why the United States Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market
About the Call:
Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Grossman discusses 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rely on easily manipulated research in regulating toxic substances we are commonly exposed to. Grossman discusses 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. Grossman’s work has appeared in a variety of publications and focuses on environmental health and related science and policy issues – health of the environment, public, and occupational health.