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Frequently Asked Questions about the Chemical Industry Archives


What is the origin of the documents in this archive?
The Chemical Industry Archives consists of documents from the chemical industry itself, most of which were obtained in connection with legal proceedings against the chemical industry. Other documents were obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests to the government. More information about these documents' origins can be found here.

How do you know that the chemical industry's products and byproducts really hurt people?
Many of the industry's own internal documents document the health risks of their products. These risks have been corroborated by independent epidemiological studies on humans, as well as by extensive laboratory testing.

Is this website intended to scare people?
It's a typical industry ploy to claim that its critics are using "scare tactics." We believe that only you can decide whether you should be concerned by the chemical industry's products, or outraged by their behavior. We urge you to read the chemical industry's documents for yourself, so that you can make a more informed and engaged decision about the risks that some of the chemical industry's products pose to human health and safety.

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

Why was this website created?
Products and byproducts of the chemical industry have harmed many thousands of people over the past decades, but the industry has done its best to conceal the facts and mislead the public about its safety record. We believe that the facts about the chemical industry -- how it misled its workers, its customers, and the communities that surround its facilities about the safety of its products -- need to be brought to light.




last updated: march.27.2009

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