Testimony & Official Correspondence

Thursday, June 28, 2007


Dear Dr. Paustenbach: We were stunned to read in The Scientist your rationale for hiding the funding source of the chromium-6 article under the names of JianDong Zhang and ShuKun Li in the April 1997 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (JOEM). Essentially your defense is, "Everybody does it."

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Thursday, June 28, 2007


EWG is a non-profit public health watchdog organization. We are writing to alert you that a current Society of Toxicology (SOT) member, Dr. Dennis Paustenbach, has committed a serious violation of the Society's Code of Ethics, and to strongly urge the Society to censure Dr. Paustenbach or take other decisive and appropriate disciplinary action. The Society must make clear that it will not tolerate unethical activity by its members, or risk seriously damaging its credibility.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The following email was sent by JOEM editor Paul Brandt-Rauf to the members of the Journal's Editorial Board via Managing editor Marjory Spraycar.

From: Paul Brandt-Rauf
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 1:58 PM
To: 'JOEM'
Subject: retraction

Dear JOEM Editorial Board Members:

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Monday, March 13, 2006


In December, EWG outlined the environmental consulting firm ChemRisk's violated the ethical standards of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) with their activities surrounding the 1997 paper, "Cancer mortality in a Chinese population exposed to hexavalent chromium in water." We urged JOEM to review the allegations we presented in our letter, alert the scientific community of the ethical breaches, retract the fraudulent article, and ban the scientists involved from publishing in your journal.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

February 28, 2006

Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D.
Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Dear Dr. von Eschenbach:

Friday, June 15, 2007

EWG commends the professional staff and leadership at EPA for forging a stewardship agreement with major companies that will, if properly implemented, dramatically reduce, and eventually eliminate, pollution associated with the chemical known as PFOA, and related chemicals that break down to become PFOA and similar substances. These toxic chemicals pose numerous health risks, are extraordinarily persistent in the environment, and have already found their way into the blood of people worldwide, including most Americans.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A U.S. Decision Not To Comply Could
Put Other American Industries At Risk

Ken Cook [1] & Chris Campbell
Environmental Working Group

Washington, June 9—It is the big 'what if' question occupying Brazilian policy experts and legislators in the wake of their country's stunning victory over the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in March.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Ken Cook and Chris Campbell [1]
June 9, 2005

U.S. taxpayers provided $264 million in 2004 to a handful of agribusiness firms through an obscure but controversial cotton subsidy program at the center of a fierce global debate over agricultural subsidies—a debate that has paralyzed international trade negotiations for the past three years. One company alone, Allenberg Cotton of Cordova, Tennessee, received almost $35 million through the program last year, and has collected more than $186 million since 1995.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

An alternative for Brazil in case of non-compliance by the USA in the appellate decision on the cotton suit

Prepared by Maristela Basso and Edson Beas of the Institute for Trade and Development Rights (IDCID.org.br)

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Citing a strong body of peer-reviewed evidence, EWG today asked the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to list fluoride in tap water in its authoritative Report on Carcinogens, based on its ability to cause a rare form of childhood bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in boys.