Excellent article by Carey Gillam which exposes collusion between malevolent Monsanto and taxpayer-funded EPA. EPA has long lost its way from its founding-era when it actually successfully worked to protect the environment and was committed to fight for and uphold the public interest.
Now all too often EPA is the tool of industry. Sadly, the corporate buy-out accelerates. However, we’re thankful for good journalism such as this article, which strips away the attempted dishonorable cloak-of-secrecy. Jim & Megan
“Monsanto Co. and officials within the Environmental Protection Agency are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsanto’s influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the company’s Roundup herbicide, new federal court filings show…
“Monsanto has so far turned over six million pages of documents through the court-ordered discovery process, but has designated roughly 85 percent of the information as ‘confidential,’ meaning plaintiffs’ attorneys must black out information from those documents in any court filings that could be accessed by reporters or other members of the public. That designation is improper for many of the documents, especially ones dealing with the company’s interactions with, and influence attempts over, EPA officials, plaintiffs’ lawyers argue.
“The lawyers say that the documents obtained through discovery show that ‘Monsanto has been confident all along that EPA would continue to support glyphosate, whatever happened and no matter who held otherwise.’ According to the court filings by plaintiffs’ attorneys, the documents show ‘it is clear that Monsanto enjoyed considerable influence within the EPA’s OPP, and was close with Mr. Rowland… The documentary evidence strongly suggests that Mr. Rowland’s primary goal was to serve the interests of Monsanto.’
“The EPA is a taxpayer-funded, public agency and its dealings with Monsanto should be subject to public scrutiny, particularly given the widespread use of glyphosate herbicide products and the ongoing international debate over the safety of the chemical, they claim.
“‘The health and safety of millions of U.S. citizens is at stake,’ states a Jan. 16 plaintiffs’ filing. ‘Decisions affecting the public health should not be based on secret conversations between Monsanto and EPA officials. If Monsanto wants to advocate on behalf of glyphosate to EPA employees, they should have to do it publicly, so that concerned citizens have equal opportunity to advocate for their health and the health of their families. This issue is too important to allow Monsanto to improperly influence the EPA, and then hide such communication behind an improper ‘confidential’ designation.'”