O’Dywer’s PR Services reports that TASSC is “leading the charge against what it views as the unholy alliance between environmentalists and the media” (Feb. 1996).
The office of Stephen Milloy (executive director of TASSC) is in the headquarters of APCO Associates, a Washington, D.C., PR firm that specializes in creating coalitions like TASSC. (Village Voice, April 29, 1997, p. 39)
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) this “sound science” coalition is supported by hundreds of corporations, including 3M, Amoco, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Exxon, General Motors, Occidental Petroleum, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble and W.R. Grace. Its objective is to act as a speakers bureau to deliver the corporate message that environmental public policy is not currently based on “sound science,” and to counter excessive regulations that are based on what it considers “junk” science.
TASSC, according to EWG, was created in 1993 to promote “sound science” in policy decision making. TASSC’s extensive advisory board contains well known “science skeptics” S. Fred Singer, Bruce Ames, Dr. Patrick Michaels, Michael Sanera, and Hugh Ellsaesser.
Steven Milloy, executive director of TASSC, is a self styled “junk science” critic who previously launched the Junk Science Page through the Environmental Policy Analysis Network (EPAN), a group he started in 1996. Milloy is also a lobbyist for the EOP Group, a DC-based lobbying firm that represents the American Crop Protection Association, the Chlorine Chemistry Council, Edison Electric Institute, among others. Under Milloy’s personal listing of groups he represents through the EOP Group in 1996 were Fort Howard Corp., the International Food Additives Association, and Monsanto. According to the most recent edition of Washington Representatives, Milloy’s client list has grown to include the National Mining Association, among others. (http://www.ewg.org/pub/home/clear/view/CV_Vol4_No16.html; accessed 6/17/03)
“Support comes from companies like Procter & Gamble, Exxon, Dow Chemical, and Philip Morris.” [http://www.villagevoice.com/ink/goetz.html] (4/23/97)