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Senate EPW committee advances Dourson nomination

Despite outcry from more than 100 organizations and more than 145,000 Americans, Senators advance Dourson nomination to the floor

Washington, DC — Today, the Senate EPW committee advanced Dr. Michael Dourson’s nomination to lead the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention to the Senate floor. In response, Liz Hitchcock, Government Affairs Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, issued the following statement:

“We are profoundly disappointed in the Senate EPW committee’s partisan vote to send Michael Dourson’s nomination to the Senate floor. Dourson has made a career of downplaying the dangers of toxic chemicals in order to protect the chemical industry. He is uniquely unqualified to keep our families safe from toxic hazards.

“Yet again we have another case of the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse. Constituents across the country should call their senators and urge them to vote no.”

More than 100 organizations signed a letter opposing Dourson’s nomination and more than 145,000 Americans have contacted their senators through organizations like Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, CREDO, Center for Environmental Health and Environmental Working Group.


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