Michael R Guerin

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Michael R. Guerin, Ph.D. worked for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as Head of the Organic & Analytic Chemistry department, circa 1994-98. The laboratories had been built by the Atomic Energy Commission to study the radiation effects on animals, but the Nixon Administration privatised them and sold them off to Union Carbide.

The Chemical company then set ORNL up as a contract laboratory that worked for the chemical industry, and then for the tobacco industry. He seems to have largely run the laboratory as a form of partnership with Roger A Jenkins who also worked extensively for the tobacco industry.

Guerin served on the Center for Indoor Air Research Scientific Advisory Board, and was a Council for Tobacco Research Special Project recipient (grants given for secret research projects). [1]

Roger A Jenkins
Oak Ridge National Laboratories

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a contract research lab that does government work and also takes private contracts. The two main researchers, Michael R. Guerin and Roger Jenkins have well-documented ties to the tobacco industry over the past several decades.

In their early years, the studies coming out of what had been national laboratories, and the scientists conducting the research, had a perceived high level of credibility because they were governmental entities. However, in addition to research and development in its official capacity as a national laboratory, ORNL also accepted private contracts -- and this research and results did not have official government standing.

Michael Guerin, who ran the analytical chemistry division at ORNL, received more than $1 million from the Council for Tobacco Research (CTR) and the Center for Indoor Air Research (CIAR).[2]


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  1. PMI's Introduction to Privilege Log and Glossary of Names, Estate of Burl Butler v. PMI, et al, April 19, 1996
  2. Americans for Nonsmokers Rights The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Ties to the Tobacco Industry Web page. November 2004. Accessed April 3, 2009