Chemical safety nominee faces tough questioning by Democrats

October 04, 2017 - 4:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency is promising to apply sound science in his new job. He also is defending his history on behalf of corporate clients of endorsing far higher exposures to toxins than the government now allows.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is widely expected to approve along party lines the nomination of Michael L. Dourson. He would become head of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Democrats on the committee challenged Dourson with open scorn at a hearing. But they lack the ability to block his confirmation.

Dourson's past clients include Dow Chemical Co., Koch Industries Inc. and Chevron Corp, as well as trade associations representing the pesticide, processed food and cigarette industries.

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