Saturday, November 11, 2017

Keep Toxic Michael Dourson away from our EPA

Michael Dourson, President Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, has served as a champion for polluting chemical plants hoping to avoid any responsibility for health impacts. He's peddled counterfeit science for industries from tobacco to pesticides. And he's fought science-based safeguards that keep families safe from toxic chemicals.

We cannot allow Dourson, who spent his career using all the tricks in the corporate playbook to protect chemical industries from accountability when they put our health at risk, to be put in charge of protecting us from toxic pollution.

Dourson's conflict of interest and suspect history has caught the public's attention—and has fostered caution from senators, who are hearing from their constituents just why this nomination poses real danger to their state's safety. But special interests who would profit from Dourson's proposed position are pushing to get him in power at the EPA. That's why we need to keep the pressure on our senators to vote NO.

With a possible vote coming up to confirm or reject his nomination, it's important that your senators hear from you today.

Urge your senators to oppose this toxic nomination. It could mean the difference for true protection from toxic chemicals and pollution for communities throughout the United States.

Your letters matter! More than 50 percent of Congress members report that form emails into their offices have some or a lot of influence over their position on an issue. But 92 percent report that individualized email letters have some or a lot of influence! Want to have more impact? Make your letter personal.

Learn more about Michael Dourson's alarming history and conflict of interest.

- Union of Concerned Scientists


Send the following message to your senators by clicking this link.
(personalize it for more impact)

As your constituent, I am asking you to oppose the nomination of Michael Dourson as the lead of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Mr. Dourson has a clear conflict of interest, industry ties, and an alarming history of weakening accountability for chemical plants’ negative impacts on public safety. These dynamics make him completely inappropriate for the job.

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