An AP Exclusive revealed that Dow Chemical and two other manufacturers asked the Trump administration to “set aside” government studies that found even tiny levels of exposure to Dow’s chlorpyrifos could hinder the development of a child’s brain.
The industry request follows the announcement by EPA head Scott Pruitt that he was was reversing an Obama-era effort to bar the use of chlorpyrifos on food.
AP further reported that “when Trump signed an executive order in February mandating the creation of task forces at federal agencies to roll back government regulations, Dow’s chief executive was at Trump’s side.
“Andrew, I would like to thank you for initially getting the group together and for the fantastic job you’ve done,” Trump said as he signed the order during an Oval Office ceremony. The president then handed his pen to Liveris to keep as a souvenir.”