Trump’s EPA should be renamed the department of environmental terrorism.
While the nuts and bolts of EPA chemical regulations may prompt a yawn from most Americans, that attitude can change quickly when deregulation gets personal and potentially deadly. Trump’s new chemical rules are a significant threat to the public health protections that American’s have taken for granted for years, and will regretfully long for when they’re gone.
The real estate salesman in the White House has declared war on the environment under the guise that regulations that protect America’s clean air and water are enemies of the economy. But career staffers at the EPA know better, and Trump’s deregulation frenzy is setting off alarm bells everywhere.
The Trump administration released the nation’s most important chemical-safety rules in decades Thursday … Those include limits on how broadly the agency would review thousands of potentially hazardous substances.
… Such limits could cause the agency to fail to act on potential chemical uses “that present an unreasonable risk to health or the environment,” EPA’s top chemicals enforcement official argued in the May 23 memo.
Scott Pruitt has been no friend to the environment and has taken an axe to regulations intended to protect food safety and public health since Trump installed him as the EPA’s Dismantler-in-Chief.
Pruitt is now taking aim at a major overhaul of chemical regulations that looks like a free-for-all to benefit corporate polluters at the expense of every American that eats, drinks, and breathes.
The NRDC reports,
The Trump-Pruitt Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a set of rules today that will make it easier to ignore chemical risks and disregard harmful exposures. The final rules introduce loopholes that could allow EPA to ignore important exposure routes and chemical product uses. This opens the door for EPA to disregard exposures to the most vulnerable and susceptible populations such as pregnant women and children or highly-exposed workers, which the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) had sought to protect.
These are the first rules released since a Chemical Industry lobbyist took charge of the EPA toxics office and its process for evaluating toxic chemicals.
Morale is low and concern is high among career staffers at the EPA. However, that may not be as bad as the fact that most Americans are unaware of just how dangerous Trump’s EPA agenda is to them personally. Exposure to toxic chemicals in products, water, air, and the food we eat can cause cancer, birth defects, and even death.
It’s hard to discern how any of this ‘makes America great.’ It’s even harder to understand why anyone who voted for Trump would continue to support him and the environmental terrorism he’s inflicting on this country.
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