E Bruce Harrison Company

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The PR company (often known just as EBH) was founded by E. Bruce Harrison and his wife Patricia, not long after the appearance of Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring", with its condemnation pf the indiscriminate use of DDT and other pesticides and herbicies. EBH quickly rose to lead the American chemical industry's fightback against the environmental movement.

Some of the company's more infamous exploits were to create and run the Total Indoor Environmental Quality (TIEQ) Coalition for RJ Reynolds Tobacco, and also the National Environmental Development Association (NEDA) for the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA) and the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA). This operation seems to have been financed by Paul Oreffice the CEO of Dow Chemicals.

The TIEQ serviced primarily the tobacco industry and the related NEDA serviced the chemical/pesticides industry. The two organisations were often treated as one: NEDA/TIEQ, and in fact they were largely fictitious organisations, which existed mainly as meetings of executives and lobbyists, planning tactics and strategies.

The EBH company was later sold by Bruce Harrison and his wife Patricia, initially to Pinnacle, which then on-sold it to Ruder Finn (aka Ruder & Finn). It has now been merged into the global Omnicon group of advertising, polling and PR companies -- one of the three major global media-supply conglomerates that dominate this backroom operation feeding the world's media.

The man: E. Bruce Harrison
The firm: E Bruce Harrison Company
Document Index EBH (Doc Index)
Total Indoor Environmental Quality Coalition.

Documents & Timeline

1992 Dec 10 The E Bruce Harrison Company monthly report for November 1992 (sent to Betsy Annese) at RJ Reynolds.

  • Prepared document presenting an overview of TIEQ's 1993 activities.
  • Organised a TIEQ executive committee meeting for December 3.
  • Met with Trudy Bryan of DuPont to discuss increasing TIEQ membership contributions
  • Worked to recruit new companies to join the TIEQ coalition.
  • Met with Ron Gots to discuss contractual issues, plans for 1993 : [Gots was a Bethesda physician/toxicologist; member of the IAPAG group and TASSC; and IAQ tester (via the National Medical Advisory Service which provided witnesses to tobacco and chemical companies.). He was chairman of the TIEQ SAB and his wife Barbara was also actively involved.]
  • Monitored activities of ESCA's model IAQ bill drafting committee, and began preparing TIEQ position papers.
  • Co-sponsored and attended the symposium on multiple chemical sensitivity conducted by the International Society of Toxicology and Pharmacology.
[Gots and Gio Batta Gori were running this ISRTP symposium at Arlington for the tobacco industry]. Gots later founded the Environmental Sensitivities Research Institute (ESRI).
  • Met with Doug Greenwood of the American Institute for Architects to discuss AIA's work on indoor air issues.
  • Met with Ken Smith, editorial writer for the Washington Times, to discuss editorial on the involvement of DiFranza with the Surgeon General's report on youth smoking and the proceedings of the senate hearing on caret emissions;
  • Worked with Peggy Carter to gain information that would provide a news hook for Doug Bandow's coverage of the DiFranza study.
[Dr. Joseph DiFranza has produced a report on the tobacco industry's efforts to get the dirt on him after he had published a study on smoking in minors. Reynolds tried to get the names of the children involved via subpoenas, but since they were minors this failed. A very corrupt journalist [[Douglas Bandow|Doug Bandow (who usually worked through the Cato Institute) was being paid to write this up as a case of scientific fraud perpetrated against the tobacco company, and a very compliant Washington Times was willing to publish it.]
  • Many more items on this list. [2]