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Trump Chemical Safety Nominee Sparks Widespread Concern

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump’s nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has raised widespread concern among public health, reproductive health, labor, business and environmental organizations.

Organizations representing millions of Americans have expressed concern or opposition to the nomination of Michael Dourson to be assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, including organizations representing pediatricians, firefighters and farmworkers. Hundreds of national, state and local public health, environmental, labor, reproductive and business organizations also oppose his nomination.

Dourson has worked on behalf of the chemical industry for decades to argue for weaker safety standards on chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm and brain damage. If confirmed, he would be charged with reviewing the very same chemicals he has be paid to defend by chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow and Koch Industries. 

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