Real Clear Science: When Did Journalists Become Cynical, But Not Skeptical? — Center CEO Joseph Annotti’s latest commentary looks at the lack of due diligence in much of today’s reporting on scientific information. Citing recent stories on food safety with half-truths published by the Environmental Working Group, Joe calls for a more responsible press to help consumers make informed decisions—not just shovel sponsored content. The piece was also included in the Real Clear Politics morning newsletter.
JD Supra: Proposition 65: Legal and Technical Implications of Listing PFOA as a Carcinogen — California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment will list PFOA as a carcinogen under Proposition 65, and JD Supra provides a thorough analysis of what this means for businesses and consumers. The costs of compliance with Proposition 65 will be significant, and this may invite a host of citizen lawsuits if accurate and adequate warning labels are not placed on products containing a listed chemical.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Lawmakers Announce Bill to Combat Extensive ‘Forever Chemical’ Contamination in Wisconsin — The new Wisconsin proposal helps communities set standards for the chemicals in the ground, surface and drinking water, and would send a municipal grant program to help communities pay for public water testing and cleanup of PFAS-containing firefighting foam. The legislation comes on the heels of a report of high levels of PFAS on Wisconsin’s French Island.
Legal Newsline: Johnson & Johnson Loses Mississippi Fight Over AG’s Talc-Labeling Lawsuit — Federal law doesn’t prevent the state of Mississippi from suing Johnson & Johnson over its failure to put a cancer warning on talcum powder products, the state’s highest court ruled, carving out an independent role for the state in regulating certain cosmetic products.
Wall Street Journal: How a Physicist Became a Climate Truth Teller — Steven Koonin, chief scientist of the Obama Energy Department, is publishing a new book that argues that what the media and politicians and activists say about climate science has drifted so far out of touch with the actual science as to be absurdly, demonstrably false. While the Center does not work on climate change issues, Mr. Koonin’s thesis applies to much of the commentary and reporting surrounding all scientific matters.