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E-M:/ Call Levin and Stabenow....Say NO to GRAHAM FOR OMB



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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Please give a call to Sens. Levin and Stabenow urging their
opposition to nomination of economist John Graham to the
Director of Regulatory Affairs for the U.S. Office of
Management and Budget.

Graham is an industry financed economist who alleges to find
little or no risk in most regulatory situations involving
environmental pollutants, occupational hazardous and consumer
products.

Given the importance of the Great Lakes and toxic pollutants,
citizens of the Great Lakes states should say NO to John Graham
at OMB

If you don't want to make a long distance call to Washington DC,
you can call a local district office of Levin and Stabenow.   See
blue pages for US gov't in the phone book.

More on Graham today in the Washington Post (opinion column
by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1421-2001Jul15.html

Sierra Club alert on Graham follows....


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URGE YOUR SENATORS TO VOTE "NO" ON JOHN GRAHAM'S NOMINATION

Please call your Senators TODAY and ask your Senators to oppose the
nomination of John Graham to direct the Office of Information and
Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget.  The Senate will
vote on the nomination early this week, so urgent action is needed.  To
contact your senators, call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

This position plays an extremely powerful role in establishing (and
blocking) regulations that protect our health and environment.  It is the
"regulatory czar" with the power to make sweeping decisions on federal
environmental, health and safety, worker safety, and consumer protection
regulations.  Throughout his career, Graham has been an close  ally of
polluting industries and an opponent of public health and environmental
protections.

Graham is currently the director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis,
where he has a long record of publishing studies that are pro-industry,
anti-environment, anti-consumer, and anti-health protection.  He
specializes in controversial "risk assessment" and "cost/benefit"
techniques that underestimate health benefits of regulatory actions and
emphasize their costs to industry.  For example, he has downplayed the
EPA's warnings about cancer risks from dioxin exposure while being
supported by 48 major dioxin producers, including chemical, incinerator,
pulp and paper companies.

Graham's work has been funded by a wide array of major industries,
including the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, the American
Petroleum Institute, the Chemical Manufacturers Association, the Chlorine
Chemistry Council, ExxonMobil, and Monsanto.  With this background, it is
unlikely that Graham could effectively fulfill his new responsibilities in
the public interest, free of corporate influence.

Let your senators know that your want them to vote "NO" on the Graham
nomination.

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