WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2018 – The Trump administration’s just-released regulatory roadmap leaves no stone unturned when it comes to rolling back safeguards designed to protect children, families and workers from exposure to dangerous chemicals.
President Trump is proposing an array of actions that will leave more Americans exposed to toxic chemicals such as PFAS, drinking water contaminants that pollute an ever-growing number of communities across the nation, said EWG President Ken Cook.
Here is Cook’s statement:
The terrible “deregulatory” agenda released by the White House once again fails to protect our families and workers from toxic chemicals. It’s an agenda you’d find at a chemical industry board meeting, not from the president of the United States, whose first and foremost duty is to keep Americans safe.
Since taking office, the Trump administration has reversed bans of toxic chemicals, cooked the books to keep dangerous chemicals on the market, and weakened protections for workers on the farm and in factories. This agenda is filled with more false promises to finalize chemical bans, and new plans to further weaken basic public health protections.
In particular, the administration’s agenda fails to address the growing crisis of drinking water contamination by fluorinated compounds known as PFAS chemicals. The administration’s scheme makes the current crisis worse by failing to end uses of PFAS chemicals, neglects to regulate PFAS chemicals under federal clean water and toxic pollution laws, and refuses to make polluters and the military pay for the mess they have created. The White House won’t even do anything to give communities more information about the extent of the crisis. In the face of one of the worst drinking water problems in history, the administration is doing next to nothing.