Minnesota is now the first state to ban the use of toxic TCE in any facility required to have a state-issued air permit. At the same time, EPA fails to protect the public against toxic TCE, despite years of research showing its harmful impacts on human health. Trump EPA official Nancy Beck fought regulation of toxic TCE for most of her career, and yet, President Trump has nominated her to chair an important consumer watchdog agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Best Buy launched a chemicals policy in 2017 but didn’t publish the list of chemicals it is restricting until recently. While a step in the right direction, the list of chemicals does not go far enough — it is woefully inadequate in addressing harmful flame retardants and other toxics. In the year ahead, Best Buy must significantly expand its list of restricted chemicals and ban toxic flame retardants in the enclosures of all televisions it sells.
You may have already heard that the Trump administration is taking actions behind the scenes to weaken an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to protect us from PFAS chemicals. You may be outraged (but probably not surprised) to learn that these actions have been driven by a former chemical industry lobbyist—who’s now nominated to run our top consumer protection agency.