Stephen L. Johnson, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Friday that he was canceling a study of the effects of pesticides on infants and babies, a day after two Democratic senators said they would block his confirmation if the research continued. ...
A recruiting flier for the program, called the Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study, or Cheers, offered $970, a free camcorder, a bib and a T-shirt to parents whose infants or babies were exposed to pesticides if the parents completed the two-year study. The requirements for participation were living in Duval County, Fla., having a baby under 3 months old or 9 to 12 months old, and "spraying pesticides inside your home routinely."
The study was being paid for in part by the American Chemistry Council, a trade group that includes pesticide makers. --The New York Times
OK, this sounds really bad at first, but this story left out the fact that they were planning on throwing in a $10 gift card from Blockbuster if the baby grew a second head. That's two rentals, people.