NYT – "Health Report Raises Dispute Over Great Lakes Pollution"

Posted on March 13, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“Top federal health officials said Wednesday that they had asked the Institute of Medicine, the government’s premier medical adviser, to referee a dispute over a report suggesting that pollution in the Great Lakes region may have serious health consequences for people who live there, including infant mortality and breast cancer. ‘It’s a good way to get a really high-quality and completely objective scientific review,’ said Dr. Henry Falk, who oversees environmental health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Dr. Christopher T. De Rosa, a federal toxicology official who was a co-author of the report, said the Bush administration had suppressed it ‘because it implies injury.’ He bemoaned the decision to ask for a review from the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences.” A House committee is investigating whether the Bush administration suppressed the report. Read as Gardiner Harris reports for the New York Times March 13, 2008.

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