The Trump administration has halted bans on toxic chemicals that are known to cause serious health threats. These moves, led by an ex-industry group executive now at the EPA, have allowed the continued use of products found to cause cancer, birth defects, and other ailments.
The pullback on the planned restrictions on toxic substances reflects the massive shift in philosophy that has taken place at the EPA. Policy changed ordered by one key EPA official reflected arguments. The major delay in implementing these bans is a victory for the chemical industry. Sales can continue, unimpeded.