Tala Henry and Iris Camacho Played a Significant Role in Pressuring Scientists to Downplay Risks of Chemicals
Tala Henry, deputy director of EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics; Iris Camacho, branch chief in that division’s New Chemicals Division; played an instrumental role in pressuring scientists to downplay risks associated with chemicals according to documents provided to The Intercept by whistleblowers.
PEER has decided to publish these documents, including the names of officials involved.
Early Life and Education
Tala Henry hails from Washington, DC. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at George Washington University (GWU) before going on to earn her MS in Toxicology from Penn University. Since 1996 she has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Last year, Henry became the subject of a whistleblower complaint against her at the Environmental Protection Agency after whistleblowers at that agency claimed she and other officials were under pressure from chemical industry representatives to alter risk assessments. To date, however, neither the EPA nor Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has responded to a request by PERA for text messages between Henry and other EPA officials which could show her role in any potential tampering activities.
Tala raised a $145 million round of financing from investors such as PayPal Ventures and GGV Capital in 2021, with plans to expand to new markets.
Robert worked at OnDeck, a financial services startup offering financing to small businesses. His responsibilities included raising venture capital and structuring debt financing for OnDeck as well as analyzing credit risk analysis and creating innovative lending solutions.
Whistleblowers from OPPT’s New Chemicals Division believe Henry, as well as Iris Camacho, played key roles in pressuring scientists evaluating products being evaluated by the agency to minimize potential risks. According to documentation provided to The Intercept by them, these figures played key roles in persuading scientists that underestimating risks was necessary in order for OPPT assessments.
Tala is currently working with Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) to identify environmental injustices in communities such as Belle Haven and North Fair Oaks, while also finding ways to empower residents against these injustices.
After his mother dies and his latest book is unsuccessful, New York writer Henry falls into self-destructive behaviors, from drug use to carnal acts. Eventually he travels to Slovenia where he meets Tala – an exquisite yet cunning prostitute living as a Palestinian refugee exile for 26 years.
Documents released by whistleblowers at the Environmental Protection Agency to The Intercept indicate that Henry and Camacho played an influential role in pressuring scientists assessing products to downplay risks they encountered, according to whistleblower documents released to The Intercept by whistleblowers from inside EPA.
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Burgess Meredith had an extraordinary career that spanned 116 years. Over that time, he amassed many accolades and awards; his acting skills made him one of the more popular villains on Burke’s Law (1963-1964).
His net worth has recently been estimated to be in the region of $350 million. Additionally, he serves as co-founder and chief executive officer of Tala, which provides financial services to people in developing nations. Tala is supported by visionary investors including Upstart, Lowercase Capital, IVP and Revolution Growth.