5 ways chemical safety is eroding under Trump

RICHARD DENISON | May 1, 2018

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In June 2016, Congress had the rare success of passing bipartisan legislation to update our nation’s badly broken chemical safety system. It finally gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the power to strengthen health protections for American families. Fast-forward 25 months and the implementation of that law is now in jeopardy. The Trump administration is systematically weakening the EPA and seeking to dismantle key new authorities and mandates Congress just gave it under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act.  This with the goal of shifting critical policies to serve the chemical industry’s agenda instead of protecting public health.

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