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Web Date: December 14, 2017

Nominee to lead EPA chemicals program withdraws

Toxicologist with close ties to chemical industry fails to garner enough Senate support
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: chemical regulation, EPA, Michael Dourson

The top spot in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s office that oversees commercial chemicals and pesticides remains vacant. President Donald J. Trump’s pick to lead the office, Michael Dourson, withdrew his nomination on Dec. 13 amid growing concerns about his ties to the chemical industry and insufficient votes to clear the Senate confirmation process.

Trump nominated Dourson, a board-certified toxicologist, in July. Dourson left his . . .

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