TSCA-geek contest: Who said this, and when?

Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist.

No prize offered, but here’s a little contest.  Who can guess who said the following, in what context and when — without cheating by googling a phrase from it?  Answer provided tomorrow.

“Most Americans had no idea, until relatively recently, that they were living so dangerously.  They had no idea that when they went to work in the morning, or when they ate their breakfast — that when they did things they had to do to earn a living and keep themselves alive and well — that when they did things as ordinary, as innocent, and as essential as eat, drink, breathe, or touch, they could, in fact, be laying their lives on the line.  They had no idea that, without their knowledge or consent, they were engaging in a grim game of chemical roulette whose result they would not know until many years later.”

[Spoiler alert:  Here’s a link to the answer.]

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7 Comments

  1. Daryl Ditz
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like former EPA Administrator Russel Train, circa 1976!

  2. Kathy Barwick
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Rachel Carson testifying before Congress?

  3. Posted January 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking Rachel Carson as well. If not testifying before congress, perhaps in ‘Silent Spring’?

  4. Judy Robinson
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    President Gerald Ford

  5. RB
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    EPA Administrator Russel Train – 1976 – The year the Toxic Substance Control Act was passed.

  6. Roger McFadden
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Prophetic words of EPA Administrator Train in 1976 and now it is 2010. It is time to take action and stop the “chemical roulette”.

  7. nancy lott-schlicher
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Rachel Carson testifying before congress…