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The latest news from the Gulf of Mexico offers both relief (the “top kill” approach to ending the oil spill may be working) and dismay (the amount of oil pouring into the water is now thought to be closer to 20,000 barrels a day rather than the 5,000 barrels that BP has insisted on for…

Today, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would require BP to use a less toxic (and more effective) chemical dispersant than the brand used so far. I wish, I wish, I’m always wishing for these actions to sparkle with government intelligence and initiative. But it’s obvious that the EPA was responding to…

6.8 Billion Guinea Pigs

One of my treasured books from the 1930s is called “100,000,000 Guinea Pigs”, written by a pair of consumer protection advocates named Arthur Kallet and F.J. Schlink. The book, born of a crusade to end unregulated use of industrial chemicals, is a wonderful mixture of painstaking research and angry invective. “Let your voice be heard…