Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi


Pelosi on "Trade Secrets" Bill Moyer's Report on the Chemical Industry

March 26, 2001

"Trade Secrets" is an investigative report based on a massive archive of secret industry documents as shocking as the "tobacco papers." In the 50 years of the chemical revolution, over 75,000 chemicals have been released into the environment. What happens when our body absorbs them? And how can we protect ourselves? Correspondent Bill Moyers and Producer Sherry Jones uncover how are health and our safety have been put at risk and why powerful forces don't want the truth to be known.

Statement by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

"Tonight’s showing of “Trade Secrets” is an important event. While I could not be here to join you because of Congressional business in Washington, I am attending the D.C. viewing of “Trade Secrets.”

"This ground-breaking investigative report on the chemical industry is an important contribution to the ongoing effort to reduce human exposure to harmful environmental toxins. In particular, I would like to commend Francesca Vietor for the tremendous work of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Andrea Martin from the Breast Cancer Fund for her tireless advocacy, and Michael and Sharyle Patton from Commonweal for their commitment to raising awareness of environmental health issues.

"Today, millions of Americans work and live in environments full of dangerous contaminants. However, most Americans believe that the government is protecting them from harmful chemicals. Tonight’s report demonstrates that we need to do much more.

"We must make a commitment to do the research and gather the data that will enlighten us about the effect of chemicals on human health. And we must be ready to act to protect our communities when health risks are uncovered. Minority and low income communities are particularly vulnerable to environmental health hazards.

"As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have made increased funding for the Environmental Health Lab a priority in our efforts to strengthen the federal response to the health concerns raised by exposure to environmental pollutants. Over the past five years funding has increased from approximately $8 million to $47 million. These funds have already produced results, including the release of last week’s National Exposure Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The information uncovered in “Trade Secrets” indicates the need for a national environmental policy that comprehensively addresses environmental health and environmental justice issues. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you on the vital issue of national importance."

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