Bad for Business
Defense Attorney David M. Bernick concluded his cross-examination of former Grace employee Robert Locke this morning.
Through a series of statements to which Locke replied, “yes,” Bernick constructed an alternative explanation for Grace’s purposeful delay of the NIOSH study. Bernick stated that Grace executive vice president Elwood “Chip” Wood and W.R. Grace had opposed the study because NIOSH wanted to study vermiculite (instead of tremolite). See Defense Exhibit 230, the NIOSH proposal.
Grace opposed the study because of a “justifiable concern” that a NIOSH study of vermiculite would only stigmatize the product and the vermiculite business. Bernick stated that W.R. Grace would have been more than happy to participate in a study focused on tremolite; and in fact, when NIOSH changed its proposal to study tremolite, the executives at Grace immediately encouraged the study.
Bernick concluded with a string of examples indicating that the Government has known about the hazards of the Libby tremolite since the 1950s, but has failed to take any action for the last 60 years.
– Audrey Schultz (posted 1:20 pm)