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Publication date: Apr. 21, 2004
NRDC FOIA REQUEST SHOWS RAT-POISON INDUSTRY CLOUT AT EPA
Documents disclosed after a FOIA request by the Natural Resources Defense Council show that rat-poison companies had special access and behind-scenes influence over EPA as it drew up health and safety rules for their product. The story was reported in the April 15, 2004, Washington Post.
The FOIA request by NRDC attorney Aaron Colangelo produced documentation of off-the-docket negotiations between EPA regulators and industry lobbyists. It also raised questions about whether EPA's meetings with the "Rodenticide Registrants Task Force" should have been subject to the disclosure requirements of the Federal Advisory Committees Act. After five years of negotiation, EPA decided to drop efforts to come up with child safety regulations.
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