Safer chemicals policy watch

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Under the Trump Administration, EPA is making rapid and far-reaching changes to environmental regulations from rolling back mercury and air toxic standards for power plants to undermining the new law meant to review chemicals for safety before products hit the shelves.

Our policy watch will help keep you current. This month in policy:

  • The Trump administration is sidelining science – and it puts us in danger - Linda Birnbaum is a top government scientist who has authored more than 700 peer-reviewed publications and won numerous awards for her research on public health. She warns about the perilous state of scientific research in the United States government. As she prepares for retirement, Birnbaum discusses pesticides in food, the climate emergency, and how the United States has become dangerously complacent about public health.
  • Communities fighting for environmental justice face additional threats as Trump Administration attacks science - Communities of color, low-income communities and Indigenous groups often face a greater threat from environmental problems – and under the Trump administration, this inequity is accelerating, according to the report “Abandoned Science, Broken Promises” released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report found that across the administration, there have been dramatic decreases in environmental enforcement, community grant allocation, collection and public distribution of data, and the development of science-based public health protections, putting extra pressure on the most at-risk communities.
  • E.P.A. to limit science used to write public health rules - The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians who say the new rule would undermine the scientific underpinnings of government policymaking.