On February 24, Trump signed Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” Trump falsely claimed that the intent of the task force created by the order was to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people.
But make no mistake—the real goal of Trump’s executive order is to get rid of regulations that protect you and your family from things like pesticides and poisons. Trump’s priority is to protect corporate profits—not the American people.
To comply with the order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting public comments on which regulations—regulations that were put in place to protect Americans from toxic chemicals—the agency should repeal, replace or modify.
It’s no coincidence that when Trump signed the executive order, he handed the signing pen to Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical. It’s also no coincidence that Trump’s EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, wasted no time overturning the Obama administration’s proposed ban on one of Dow’s top-selling poisons, chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate pesticide. (Pruitt’s move prompted a lawsuit by environmental groups).
There’s little doubt the under Trump and Pruitt, the “Environmental” Protection Agency is fast morphing into a taxpayer-funded “Corporation” Protection Agency.
Just last week, Trump appointed the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) former senior director of regulatory science policy to a new position at the EPA: deputy assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. And as if putting a chemical industry lobbyist in charge of chemical safety weren’t bad enough, the EPA last week also dismissed at least five scientists on its scientific review board. Pruitt told the media he will replace the scientists with industry representatives who “understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community.”
In other words, the government agency in charge of protecting you from poisons will now protect corporations from regulations.
It’s clear that under Trump, the EPA is abandoning its mission to "protect you, your family, and the environment from potential risks from pesticides and toxic chemicals." We need to speak up.
Sign the online petition or text Dow to 97779 to sign it