Integrity in Science
Return to CSPI U.S.
Panel A
Integrity in Science
Articles, Press Releases, Reports
Keynote Address
—Brian Baird D-WA
Plenary Debate
—"The Data Quality Act and OMB Peer Review Honest Evaluations or New Tools for Manufacturing Doubt and Delay?"
Panel A
—"Misusing Science To Manufacture Doubt and Delay"
Panel B
—"Corporate and Government Suppression of Research"
Rachel Carson Award
—Presentation of Award to Theo Colborn
After Lunch Speaker
—"Industry-Driven Science and the Corruption of Evidence-Based Medicine"
Plenary Panel
—"Science v. Commerce in Medicine"
Panel A
—"Science Journals, Science Journalism and Disclosure"
Panel B
—"The Real Junk Science"
Final Plenary
—"A Program for Reform"

Misusing Science to Manufacture Doubt and Delay
Government officials' misuse of science can retard needed regulations or lead to the adoption of substandard rules. Panelists discuss the history of insufficient control of dioxin, mercury, and fine particle emissions and options for improving the regulatory process.

Moderator: Sylvia Lowrance, Former Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Audio Introduction [ mp3 - 2,875kb ]


Richard W. Clapp, D.Sc.
Professor of Public Health
Boston University

Bio with Disclosure
Listen to Audio A [ mp3 - 5,864kb ]
and Audio B [ mp3 - 1,165kb ]

"If you call attention to what I call an abuse of process, you can get threatened...This whole thing sets a cloud over the process of...the EPA dioxin reassessment seeing the light of day."

"The costs of additional [fine particle] pollution: additional premature deaths may be 230 a year, thousands of asthma attacks [and] emergency room visits. [Regulators] put a dollar value on it. The exemptions [that will allow this additional pollution] will cost the public... $1.7 billion per year. What will the industry save? $170 million per year."

Eric Schaeffer, J.D.
Executive Director
Environmental Integrity
Former Chief of Enforcement

Bio with Disclosure
Listen to Audio [ mp3 - 5,415kb ]

Rena Steinzor, J.D.
University of Maryland Law School
Ctr. for Progressive Regulation

Bio with Disclosure
Listen to Audio [ mp3 - 6,516kb ]

"Let's make no mistake about what we're up against. This is [from] the Chamber of Commerce website... 'The push to regulate mercury emissions is an attempt by extreme environmental groups to hinder economic growth and force jobs overseas.'... Leading right wing groups [have] an absolute scorched earth no blinking approach to this issue."

"Twenty years of budget cuts and hostility from Congress has left [regulatory] agencies very much denuded of their power."

David Vladeck, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law Georgetown University Law Center

Bio with Disclosure
Listen to Audio [ mp3 - 5,388kb ]