Trump’s Toxic Profiteers

 

An ethical and environmental catastrophe, Donald Trump, has employed at least 146 administration officials tied to toxic profiteering in his administration including lobbyists, lawyers, and former employees from the chemical industry who worked vigorously to undo Obama-era environmental regulations such as the Chemical Disaster Rule.

Though fortunately the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. ruled that the EPA’s delay of the rule was both illegal and arbitrary forcing the negligent industries to start re-implementing its life-saving protections, Trump’s industry-hacked EPA is still considering a proposal to permanently rescind certain aspects of the rule thereby weakening emergency response coordination and transparency provisions.

According to “Trump’s Chemical Romance,” a new Public Citizen report, in their initial effort to delay and weaken the Chemical Disaster Rule, groups representing chemical and petrochemical corporations, along with allies tied to coal-fired power plants and paper mills formed an alliance called the RMP Coalition, named for the EPA’s “Risk Management Program,” the formal name for the regulation.

Among the administration members with ties to the RMP Coalition and the toxic profiteers for whom they front, 57 have connections to the American Chemistry Council, and 92 with chemical and petrochemical interests, including Dow Chemical Co., Arkema Inc., BP, Chevron Corp. and Koch Industries.

“Corporate insiders with chemical conflicts have contaminated the Trump administration,” said Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D., an organizer with Public Citizen’s Texas Office. “The polluter-friendly regulatory rollback Trump’s EPA is seeking is a disaster for both the public and first responders.”