Failing for Forty Years: What the Poison Papers Tell Us About the EPA and How to Reform It

Dr. Jonathan Latham, Director of the Bioscience Resource Project will talk about the importance of the 20,000-document collection and how they expose problems with both the internal culture of the EPA and its legal framework that are often fraught with industry influences that prevent precautionary decision-making, even when the science clearly points to danger. The documents that have come to be known as the Poison Papers were collected over a period of 40 years by Carol Van Strum, Diane Hebert, Eric Coppolino, and Peter von Stackelberg, who served as custodians of the documents, gathering, storing, scanning, and distributing them. Their ultimate goal was to make the documents accessible to anybody and everybody who might need them. The Bioscience Resource Project, Center for Media and Democracy, and the late Rosalind Peterson helped fund this endeavor.

Lecture from 10:00-11:00am at Byers Auditorium in Genentech Hall on UCSF's Mission Bay campus. Brunch reception to follow in Genentech Hall Atrium from 11am-12pm.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Byers Auditorium
600 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94158

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School of Medicine


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community


Mission Bay




Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences


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