From the Organic Consumers Association:
What Could Go Wrong?
The EPA has been conducting its required
Monsanto is working frantically with its cronies at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to get another 15-year approval for its Roundup weedkiller—before EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt gets fired or Trump is impeached.
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is the most-used agricultural chemical ever. Mounting scientific evidence of its human health impacts indicates that it may also be the most devastating.
The EPA has been conducting its required 15-year re-registration review of glyphosate since 2009. The agency was supposed to reapprove or ban the chemical by the end of 2015. We assumed that glyphosate would get the stamp of approval for another 15 years while President Obama was still in office.
Then in March 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) panel of cancer experts, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), did its own review of the latest science on glyphosate. The IARC panel of 17 scientists unanimously agreed to reclassify the chemical as a probable human carcinogen.
The IARC cancer finding forced the EPA to take its glyphosate review more seriously. That slowed down the process.
Now, the decision is in the hands of Trump’s EPA. What could go wrong?
Peter C. Wright is a lawyer who has spent his entire career helping Monsanto and Dow avoid cleaning up their toxic pollution.
Now Trump has nominated Wright to help lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management—the office that oversees the Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program.
Wright is currently employed by DowDuPont, which is listed as the responsible party for more than 100 toxic Superfund sites that the EPA is trying to get cleaned up across the nation.
What are the chances that Dow will have to clean up its messes, if the Senate approves Wright to oversee the cleanup of Superfund sites?
Wright has a long history of being on the wrong side of the debate over chemical pollution. One of the tragic results of his advocacy is a breast cancer cluster in Midland, Michigan, home to Dow’s global headquarters. Residents there are exposed to the highest levels of dioxin pollution in the country. Yet Dow continues to block cancer victims’ efforts to seek justice.
With all the drama around Trump’s tweets, his latest “you’re fired” or his most recent #metoo, it’s easy to miss the dramatic policy changes the Trump administration is making—changes that directly affect your daily life.
Don’t miss this opportunity to help stop this disastrous appointment.