2017-10-30 19:31:01

How Trump's EPA is Helping Deregulate Toxic Chemicals

GUEST: Liz Hitchcock, Government Affairs Director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families

BACKGROUND: Among the many protections of public health and safety that the Trump administration is unraveling faster than we can keep track are safety rules for dangerous chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency tracks tens of thousands of chemicals, among them one called PFOA which has been linked to all sorts of sordid health problems.

But when an industry insider named Nancy Beck was appointed to the head of the EPA department that oversees such regulations she promptly began rolling back standards on PFOA.

A recent New York Times exposé profiles an EPA scientist named Wendy Cleland-Hamnett who left in disgust and has sounded the alarm on the agency's about turn on toxic chemicals. 

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