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Rehberg rider would stop report on carcinogens

2012-08-19T00:00:00Z 2012-08-20T06:40:11Z Rehberg rider would stop report on carcinogens The Billings Gazette
August 19, 2012 12:00 am

Finding out that a chemical your company works with causes cancer can be a real blow to a business. It might mean that products need to be reformulated, and the company could be liable for the health risks. To be blunt, it’s really inconvenient and potentially really expensive.

It’s kind of like getting a cancer diagnosis – which on a personal level is also really inconvenient and usually very expensive. But you work with your doctors and deal with it. Recently the U.S. National Toxicology Program declared both styrene and formaldehyde to be human carcinogens in their latest Report on Carcinogens. This was a blow to businesses that regularly use these chemicals. How are they dealing with the news?

Full on denial. Instead of working on healthier alternatives, they have gone on the attack, funding consultants to manufacture doubt about the science used in the ROC. The latest trick is getting Montana Rep. Rehberg to offer a rider to a congressional bill which would deny funding for the next version of the ROC. This approach is as childish as it is dangerous. The ROC is vital to update our country with the latest science on cancer so that we can prevent cancer before it happens. Rep. Rehberg and the industries he represents need to get their heads out of the sand and deal with the reality of cancer like responsible adults. Rep. Rehberg, please retract the rider!

Erin Switalski

Executive Director

Women’s Voices for the Earth

Missoula

 

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