EPA's Pruitt Met with Dow Prior to Favorable Ruling

EPA's Pruitt Met with Dow Prior to Favorable Ruling

EPA's Pruitt Met with Dow Prior to Favorable Ruling

Multiple scientific studies showed chlorpyrifos can damage the brains of children.

EPA officials on Friday declined to comment, and DOE could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to records obtained by the Associated Press, Pruitt and Liveris had a half-hour meeting at a Houston hotel on March 9. Twenty days later Pruitt announced his decision to deny a petition to ban Dow's chlorpyrifos pesticide from being sprayed on food, despite a review by his agency's scientists that concluded ingesting even minuscule amounts of the chemical can interfere with the brain development of fetuses and infants. In his letter, Udall said that "EPA should not wait until October 2022, or even October 2017, to revoke food tolerances of chlorpyrifos". "During the same trip he also met with the Canadian minister of natural resources, and CEOs and executives from other companies attending the trade show.".

EPA released a copy of Pruitt's March meeting schedule earlier this month following several Freedom of Information Act requests.

"I can confirm that a meeting between Andrew Liveris and Scott Pruitt never happened", said Rachelle Schikorra, a spokesperson for Dow.

Donald Trump, then president-elect, introduces Dow CEO Andrew N. Liveris.

The White House is planning on using military concepts to conduct an "at-length evaluation of United States climate science". According to the AP, Dow also donated $US1 million ($1.3 million) to Trump's underattended inauguration.

Donald Trump and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris appearing at an event in December 2016
Donald Trump and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris appearing at an event in December 2016

It's not like Pruitt can claim insufficient research as much as the Trump Administration may like to chalk up independent scientific research to "alternative facts". The two have close ties, it would appear.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, a group that represents more than 66,000 pediatricians nationwide, has been urging the EPA and Pruitt to take chlorpyrifos off the market for some time due to the overwhelming evidence that it causes harm.

"The EPA finds that the general illegality of cannabis cultivation makes pesticide use on cannabis a 'fundamentally different use pattern, '" Pruitt wrote.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he will reject California's request to allow a company to sell pesticides for cannabis plants because marijuana cultivation is illegal under federal law. People are rightly concerned that the head of the EPA - the man whose agency is explicitly tasked with protecting American families from exposure to toxic chemicals - may be putting the interests of Dow Chemical ahead of our children's health.

Dow Chemical has been selling chlorpyrifos since the 1960s, and now sells about 5 million pounds a year in the USA, the AP reported. Energy Secretary Rick Perry - who said that he would like to open a dialogue with the other side during a White House press briefing this week - also reportedly favours the program.

The chemical industry's own safety data sheets describe symptoms of excessive exposure to chlorpyrifos as "headaches, nausea, vomiting, weakness, blurred vision, tightness in chest, labored breathing, and nervousness" among others.

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