Trump picks an industry scientist to run the EPA’s chemical division

Michael Dourson, who heads the scientific consulting firm Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, has been tapped by President Trump to oversee chemical studies at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the Center for Public Integrity, Dourson has close ties to the some of the industries the EPA regulates, including the chemical and tobacco industries. In fact, industry groups have funded more than half of the risk-assessment studies conducted by his firm. Dourson’s justification for his work for the tobacco industry? “Jesus hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors,” he told Inside Climate News. God help us.

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