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About the Chemical Industry Archives


This website tells a shocking story about the nation's chemical industry.

It describes how large chemical corporations knew for decades that their products posed serious, even life-threatening health risks to their workers and customers.

It describes how these companies concealed this information from the public -- and continued to sell products that they knew were dangerous. This website also exposes the industry-funded public relations and lobbying campaigns that were designed to obscure the truth about the health risks of toxic chemicals.

The Chemical Industry Archives consists of thousands of internal documents from the chemical industry and from its national trade associations. Most of these documents were obtained in connection with legal proceedings against the chemical industry.

This website is dedicated to the memory of Dan Ross, and the many other people -- workers, consumers, and community members -- who were afflicted with cancer or other serious health problems as a result of exposure to products that the chemical industry knew were dangerous.

   

MORE ABOUT THE ARCHIVES

What is the origin of the documents in the archives?
The Chemical Industry Archives consists of documents from the chemical industry itself, most of which were obtained through lawsuits. Other documents were obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests to the government.

Who created this website?
This website is a project of the Environmental Working Group, a not-for-profit environmental research organization.

Tell us your story?
Do you have a story to tell about how the chemical industry kept information from you, your family members, or your community about the health effects of their products? Please let us know.

How can I make a donation? Support the Chemical Industry Archives by making a secure online credit card donation to the Environmental Working Group. Donate Now





last updated: march.27.2009

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