Policy Documents

Are Chemicals Killing Us?

Ronald Bailey –
May 21, 2009

"So whom should the public trust when it comes to information about possible health risks from exposures to chemicals? Certainly not environmental advocacy groups:  96 percent of toxicologists believe that Greenpeace overstates chemical health risks; 85 percent says the Environmental Defense Fund does too; and 79 percent believe that the Environmental Working Group, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Center for Science in the Public Interest overstate risks.  On the other hand, about 60 percent believe that industry lobbyists such as the American Chemistry Council and the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America understate chemical exposure risks."