From Think Progress.
I’m glad that the American Chemistry Council can pay the Environmental Protection Agency to perform experiments for them on low-income, minority kids. I guess they’re essentially like lab rats anyway. The punch line (as if there needs to be something more) is that the programme was called the Children’s Environmental Exposure Research Study or CHEERS.
It’s good to know that some senators are doing their research on President Bush’s nominees. Senator Boxer was the star of yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Stephen Johnson, Bush’s nominee to lead the EPA. She dug up information on a little-known program being sponsored by the EPA and the American Chemistry Council in Duval County, Florida.
The program targets low-income African-American families and asks parents to videotape their children crawling around a pesticide-infested environment (their homes). Scientists watch the tapes and regularly test the babies for pesticide exposure. In return, the families can keep the video camera and are paid $970 over two years.