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According to the 5/7/01 Plastics News ("Bush's OIRA appointee Graham could lend clout to plastics"), "One of the Bush administration's more obscure political appointments is shaping up to be one of the most important for the plastics industry. John Graham, who runs a Harvard University center known for sharply questioning whether some environmental regulation is worth the cost, has been tapped to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a wing of the Office of Management and Budget. The job sounds boring and 'inside the Beltway.' But the office can wield tremendous behind-the-scenes power because it acts as gatekeeper of federal regulations. ... It has the power to review them and block those it chooses to." What worries environmental and public interest groups are Graham's close financial ties to the business community, including plastics and chemical companies. [His center] gets a significant part of its $3 million annual budget form plastics and chemical companies."
Peter Anderson
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