Whenever the FDA doesn't do exactly what Senator Charles Grassley thinks is right or issues a ruling on a drug he disagrees with that seems to favor a drug company, he is quick to claim it is another example of how the FDA is sacrificing public health because it has a "cozy" relationship with industry.
So I guess that means when the EPA does not make a special exception to a particular industry in enforcing a public health-type rule and a Senator tries to carve out an exemption, that relationship would be defined as....how? I am sure the EPA has some very good scientific data to support it's position. So I am sure Senator Grassley was not criticizing the integrity or intelligence of EPA scientists when he called the ruling "idiotic" because he has made preserving the intellectual independence of people like David Graham a keystone of his career in the Senate. He would never try to bully or cajole an agency into changing it's stance...that wouuld be inconsistent and political and undermine his morally insufferable position on FDA issues and drug safety...
DES MOINES, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley is clashing with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The dispute comes after the agency reversed its course on exempting agriculture operations from dust regulations.
The Bush Administration says it decided against the exemption because officials could not legally exempt specific industries.
Grassley, a Republican, disagrees with the opinion. He says it is -- quote -- "such an idiotic move for the EPA to take" -- end quote.
The senator has sent a letter to the E-P-A's top administrator inviting him to visit Grassley's farm in Iowa.
He has asked for a response within 24 hours.