Resistance to Michael Dourson's nomination is coming from red states that have been directly harmed by chemicals he defended on behalf of industry.
If confirmed to the EPA, Michael Dourson will be in a position to set safety levels for many of the same chemicals his company was paid to defend.
GenX was engineered to replace PFOA, a toxic industrial chemical used to make Teflon. Now GenX has seeped into water in West Virginia and North Carolina.
Michael Dourson’s company was picked by DuPont for its ability to “assemble a package and then sell this to EPA, or whomever we desired.”
A toxic chemical used to make Teflon has been detected in the drinking water in Wilmington, North Carolina, and in surface waters in Ohio and West Virginia.
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt also named an unqualified banker who contributed to his campaigns to lead the Superfund Task Force.
For the people living next to the neoprene plant in St. John the Baptist Parish, the lifetime risk of cancer from air pollution is more than 800 times the national average.
Donald Trump appointed an industry lobbyist and climate-change denier to head his EPA transition team. Here's where we can expect the first wave of attacks.
When the U.S. phased out PFOA, long used to make Teflon, China's production and use of the toxic chemical soared.
First DuPont spun off much of its environmental liability into a new company known as Chemours. Now the company plans to merge with Dow.