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Chemical Industry Takeover of EPA Toxics Office: NYT Report

EPA oversight and regulation of toxic chemicals has slackened since Nancy Beck, a recent chemical industry executive, took charge, and the New York Times has amassed alarming evidence of this in a s

CPSC Warns Consumers: Avoid Toxic Flame Retardants

Today’s Federal Register contains a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that everyone  should read.

To Pruitt EPA: See You and Your Illegal TSCA Rules in Court

NRDC, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and Cape Fear River Watch are suing EPA to make sure it assesses chemicals as required by the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Dow Purchases Naming Rights for EPA’s Toxics Office

In a joint statement this week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris announced a new “partnership” under which Dow purchased the naming rights for EPA’s Toxics Office. Formerly known as the Office for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, it has been renamed the Dow Office of Endorsing Chemicals and Promotion of Toxics (DECEPT). “We wanted to be truthful with the American people, rather than pretend that the chemical industry, and particularly Dow, isn’t in charge of the Agency’s decisions on toxic chemicals,” Administrator Pruitt said in a statement.