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Many industry officials say that under an acting commissioner, the agency tends to put off difficult decisions.
The agency has had a full-time commissioner for only about 18 months out of the four and a half years that President Bush has been in office.
Nevertheless, NCI's prevention policies are virtually restricted to faulty lifestyle considerations. As strikingly exemplified in von Eschenbach's recent speech, prevention is defined only in terms of tobacco, "energy balance" and obesity. However, this is hardly surprising as von Eschenbach was President-Elect of the ACS prior to his appointment as NCI Director. The ACS Cancer Facts and Figures 2002 dismissively reassures that carcinogenic exposures from dietary pesticides, "toxic wastes in dump sites," ionizing radiation from "closely controlled" nuclear power plants, and non-ionizing radiation, are all "at such low levels that risks are negligible."
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
I was unaware that there were possibly financial issues behind Crawford's resignation,
Originally posted by RANT
His credentials aren't the issue here. He didn't screw up (we know of). He and the Women's health chief are quitting, and there's obviously some underlying conflicts.
It's been a while since the record resignations list got bumped or added to (most in the first term of any administration ever), but
this goes in the "scientists that can't take it anymore" section for those keeping score.
`We will not be missing him,'' said Peter Lurie, director of health research at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, in a telephone interview today. ``Many of the most serious drug disasters of the last several decades occurred on his watch. He was too much in the pocket of industry.''