"Trump’s E.P.A. Chemical Safety Nominee Withdraws"

"President Trump’s nominee to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety division on Wednesday withdrew his name from consideration for the post in the face of mounting opposition.

The nominee, Michael L. Dourson, a longtime researcher whose studies often bolstered safety claims by manufacturers of pesticides, flame retardants and other products under federal scrutiny as possible public health hazards, had been working as an adviser to the agency while awaiting confirmation.

But the Senate never scheduled a confirmation vote for Mr. Dourson, who resigned from his job at the University of Cincinnati in October. And in recent weeks, two Republican senators came forward to say they would not support him."

Sheila Kaplan and Eric Lipton report for the New York Times December 13, 2017.


"EPA Chemical Safety Nominee Drops Out Amid Strong Opposition" (AP)

"Embattled EPA Chemical Safety Nominee Withdraws After Criticism" (Bloomberg)

"Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots" (New York Times)

Source: NY Times, 12/14/2017