- News Advisory:
Event: News Conference on Congress and household pesticides
When: Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 a.m. EDT
Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room,
529 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Center for Public Integrity announces the release of "Unreasonable Risk: The
Politics of Pesticides," a comprehensive investigative study that examines how
Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency regulate the pesticide industry and its
products, including those commonly used inside the home and on lawns.
The center's findings will be released at a news conference on Tuesday, June 30, at 9:30
a.m., in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club.
This major center investigation involved conducting scores of interviews and reviewing
thousands of pages of data from the Federal Election Commission and the Center for
Responsive Politics, records of the Environmental Protection Agency, House and Senate
lobbying and financial disclosure reports, and congressional hearing transcripts, in
addition to thousands of secondary sources.
Detailed charts included in the study name the top House and Senate recipients of campaign
contributions from pesticide interests, major contributors to congressional campaigns, and
the names of former Members of Congress, congressional aides, and executive branch
officials who have passed through the "revolving door" to jobs as
lobbyists for pesticide manufacturers.
"We entrust our government to safeguard us from harmful substances," said
Charles Lewis, executive director of the center. "Unfortunately, each year thousands
of Americans discover that their trust has been tragically betrayed."
The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that has
issued more than 30 investigative reports since 1990. This is the third of four
"Congress and the People" studies to be released by the center in 1998.