Wednesday, April 06, 2005

CHEERS, kids!

I'm speechless. This is so disgusting.

Washington, D.C.– During a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was shocked and disappointed by EPA Administrator Nominee Stephen Johnson’s failure to condemn a pending EPA program to test pesticides on children.

The program, the Children’s Environmental Exposure Research Study, or CHEERS, would pay the parent of a baby up to $970 if they expose their child to household pesticides and other toxins over a two-year period. The parents are also given a camcorder, which they can keep, to tape the child’s activities and reactions.

The CHEERS website now has the following message:
The Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study has been suspended. No additional work will be conducted on this study subject to external scientific and ethical review.



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