On March 26, an OCA staff member in New Jersey attended his Congressman’s town hall meeting. He handed over a copy of our article on how Monsanto and the EPA may have colluded to bury the truth about Roundup herbicide, and asked his Congressman, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), to call for an investigation.
Yesterday, Rep. Pallone’s office called our staffer back with this news: He, and some of his fellow members of the Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Committee’s chair, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), asking for an investigation and to hold public hearings on several questions . . . including allegations that some EPA officials knowingly allowed Monsanto employees to ghostwrite scientific papers on glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup).
This is big news. And proof that it pays, at least some of the time, to show up.
Last week, we asked you to call and write your Congress members about this issue. We also suggested that with Easter recess coming up (April 10-21), now would be a great time to schedule an in-person meeting with your Congress Members to ask them to push for an investigation.
We still want you to do all of the above. But it’s especially urgent now that we all pressure Rep. Walden—even those of us who don’t live in his district. And for those of you whose Republican Congress Members serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, it’s urgent that you call them, email them and set up meetings with them. (Here’s the list of 31 Committee members and how to contact them).
It’s worth noting that Rep. Pallone leads off his letter with a call to investigate whether CropLife America or Dow, maker of the herbicide chlorpyrifos, violated EPA policies or regulations to influence the EPA’s latest decision to allow the continued use of the herbicide. Chlorpyrifos, according to the EPA’s own scientists, causes neurological damage, especially to children.
It's unconscionable that EPA officials would intentionally hide the fact that Roundup, sold widely in retail stores and labeled as “safe,” causes cancer. Or that the EPA would sign off on a chemical known to cause brain damage in children.
Can we stop corporate corruption of the EPA? We won’t know, unless we ask.
(Everyone) Call Rep. Greg Walden: (202) 225-6730 Tweet him @RepGregWalden
Need help organizing a meeting with your Congress Member? email Alexis@organicconsumers.org