By now, most people know that companies in the United States are under intense scrutiny for their conduct.
The problem is that, until recently, the public didn’t really know much about what was happening in the chemical industry.
That’s because, until the mid-2000s, the chemical sector was largely left to the government.
And until the early 1990s, it was mostly unregulated.
But with the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, Congress began cracking down on some of the most egregious abuses of power in the country.
Today, most Americans know that the chemical, pharmaceutical, mining and construction industries are among the nation’s biggest businesses.
But until the late 1990s and 2000s, that was about all they knew about them.
Until recently, that’s because the chemical and pharmaceutical industries were largely left out of the public eye.
But the chemical industries have become more visible recently as a result of new reporting by The New York Times and other news organizations.
This story was produced by the Investigative Fund at The Washington Times.
The article appears in the July 12, 2020 issue of The Washington Report on World Affairs.
The author(s) are Andrew Bacevich, a former editor of The New Yorker, and Andrew Cahn, a journalist and author.
This article originally appeared on The New American, an online publication that seeks to inform the public about the world through critical analysis and commentary.
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