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    Post: Industry strategizes against health

    Posted by Kay on 4/01/04

    This may just be the last gasp of a devolving society but
    this from PR Watch may be useful to plaintiffs.

    "Industry officials are expressing grave concern that a
    growing alliance between environmentalists and patient
    advocacy groups to link exposure to harmful pollution with
    chronic diseases and life-long disabilities could add
    credibility to activists' calls for stricter environmental
    requirements," Inside EPA reports. Bart Mongoven, who works
    for the private intelligence firm Stratfor, told petroleum
    industry officials, "In five years, the environmental
    community would like to see all debates [be about] the
    environment and health." He warned the audience at the
    National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA)
    annual meeting that connecting environmental issues to
    public health "works here." He said that one way for
    industry to fight these new lobbying efforts, which expand
    public health concerns beyond pesticides to industrial
    emissions and effluent, is to paint the efforts as
    being "anti-chemical," rather than in favor of a public
    health goal. Source: Inside EPA, March 24, 2004

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