Editorial: BP helping pay for NIEHS health study will “inevitably taint” project — Who will believe it?


EDITORIAL: BP: Here's to your health, Northwest Florida Daily News, March 02, 2011:

Our gravest concern, however, has to do with money. The [National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences] study is funded by the National Institutes of Health, which “received some funding as a gift … from BP,” Dr. Sandler said. She asserted that BP will not influence the study’s findings.

That may be true, and we certainly hope it is, but the fact that BP is helping pay for this study will inevitably taint the project. Who will believe that a review of the oil spill’s health impact will proceed fairly and impartially if the company that CAUSED the spill is writing a check for the review?

We’re happy to see the NIEHS study get under way. But we’re not expecting much from it.

Read the editorial here.

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