Policy & Regulation
Our coalition is working to repair our broken chemical policy system to protect against toxic chemical exposures.
Last week, thanks to our coalition partners WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Sierra Club, and Earthjustice, and others, a federal court ordered the U.S. EPA to update standards for lead in paint and dust to protect children’s health. The agency must propose the revised standards in 90 days, and finalize them a year after that, despite EPA’s arguments for a further delay.
This week the news broke that EPA had moved rules to ban certain uses of three dangerous chemicals from the “pending” column into the “long-term action” column in its regulatory agenda.
New survey reveals few industry leaders, many laggards on TCE phase-out
In a year like 2017, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the victories. This week we learned that Michael Dourson has withdrawn from consideration for Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. This great news followed a persistent campaign to defeat his nomination by numerous environmental health organizations and […]
Today, five environmental health groups called on the EPA Office of General Counsel to require Dr. Nancy Beck, Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, to recuse herself from ongoing rulemaking on proposed bans of unsafe uses of three dangerous toxic chemicals.
With the possible exception of those stuck in the attic searching for a Halloween costume, we’ve all seen the havoc unleashed by the Trump EPA lately — the proposed rollbacks of commonsense safeguards that protect us from air and water pollution and that restrict exposure to toxic chemicals in our lives. This has real-world impacts, making our communities less safe and harming young children and the most vulnerable among us in particular.
Almost a year ago, using its authority under the newly reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA proposed banning certain uses of three solvent chemicals—methylene chloride (MC or DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) for paint and coating removal and trichloroethylene (TCE) for spot removal in dry cleaning and industrial vapor degreasing. Nearly a year later, the agency still hasn’t finalized these protections.
Despite outcry from more than 100 organizations and more than 145,000 Americans, Senators advance Dourson nomination to the floor.
Donald Trump has chosen a chemical industry consultant to run EPA’s chemical safety office. At Michael Dourson’s Senate confirmation hearing last week, one senator suggested that he’s “never met a chemical he didn’t like.”
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition vehemently oppose the nomination of Michael Dourson to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In today’s hearing, we urge the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to reject Dourson’s nomination as unsafe for the American public.