Exactly one year ago, President Obama signed the first major change in federal chemical safety rules in more than four decades. Being the first attempt in many years to fix our broken system for managing toxic chemicals, CEH was hopeful that the law could make a difference for people's health.
Now a year after its passage, it’s clear that this is not coming to pass. With the Trump Administration’s attacks on all health protections, the EPA seems poised to interpret the new law to favor chemical industry profits over families’ health.
For example, under the older chemical rules, the US was one of the only countries in the world that had failed to ban asbestos, a chemical so deadly that there is a disease named for it. Many were hopeful that the new chemical safety law would quickly ban asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, but Trump and his EPA chief Scott Pruitt say they don’t believe asbestos is toxic.
Even worse, Trump’s pick to lead chemical safety reviews at EPA is Nancy Beck, a former chemical industry lobbyist with a history of manipulating science to favor industry interests. According to EPA insiders, the agency’s rules are already being changed in response to the chemical industry’s concerns, while public health interests are ignored.
Together we can resist the Trump agenda! CEH has joined with Heather Von St. James, a fiery asbestos survivor who is taking on the Trump Administration. Please sign and share Heather’s petition calling for an ethics investigation of Nancy Beck today!
Director of Policy and Partnerships