|Peer-Review Challenges NRDC Diesel-Fuel Report as Bogus Science|
|Friday, 01 June 2001 13:29|
NEW YORK -- Calling it unsupported "opinion" and "replete with invalid and unsupported assertions," the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) fired broadside at the claims by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and Coalition for Clean Air (CCA) that diesel exhaust emissions from school buses pose a cancer risk to school children. The ACSH charges are found in a published a report titled School Buses and Diesel Fuel, a peer-review analysis by ACSH, that is highly critical of the science in the NRDC/CCA report, No Breathing in the Aisles.
The NRDC/CCA report was issued earlier this year and was instrumental in the decision by the Los Angeles-based South Coast Air Quality Management District to ban the purchase of school buses powered by clean diesel technology. Public fears generated by the report even found their way into the recent election of the school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
ACSH is a consumer education consortium of more than 350 scientists and physicians concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. It publishes reports to help the public deal with health risks productively. ACSH's top priority is to help Americans distinguish between real and hypothetical health risks. It was founded in 1978 by a group of scientists who had become concerned that many important public policies related to health and the environment did not have a sound scientific basis. These scientists created the organization to add reason and balance to debates about public health issues and bring common sense views to the public.
The ACSH report is not another study of non-occupational diesel exhaust. Instead, it is a peer-review of the NRDC/CCA report that seeks to evaluate its scientific merit and the basis behind its conclusions. ACSH charges the NRDC/CCA with "failure to follow standard scientific protocols and a lack of attention to methodological details." Twelve emminent scientists participated in the peer review.
In its summary statement, ACSH wrote: "The conclusions presented in the NRDC/CCA report should be viewed a opinions based on limited data and risk estimations, as scientific evidence is currently lacking to support the claim that school bus exposures are associated with an increased risk of cancer to children."
Source: School Transportation News, June 2001.
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