Why the EPA Let a Pesticide Violator Off Easy

In January 2016, a subsidiary of the agro-giant Syngenta allegedly sprayed the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos on a field on a Hawaii farm. Because the pesticide is so potent, workers are required to wear protective gear when working with or near it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Syngenta failed to warn its workers of the presence of this neurotoxin. As a result, 10 employees had to be taken to the hospital. The following year, the company allegedly allowed unprepared workers onto a chlorpyrifos-treated field again.

Congress should invest in science at the EPA

It’s been a tough time for the Environmental Protection Agency lately – even beyond the federal investigations into Administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical lapses, extravagant use of taxpayer dollars, and skirting of federal law and public processes to favor corporate interests.

The Attack on our Clean Cars is the Biggest Scandal at the EPA

In spite of the seemingly endless string of scandals that have been emanating from the Environmental Protection Agency recently, some of the most jaw-dropping news stories have been about attacks on America’s clean car standards — a popular program that saves families at the pump and gives us cleaner air. The Trump administration’s attempt to rollback those standards has now spurred a multi-state legal challenge in response.

Scott Pruitt is Unfit to Run the EPA

Scott Pruitt’s ethical tone deafness has, ironically, come across loud and clear. The rule he signed targeting what he called “secret science” serves as yet further evidence of his inability to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with ethical integrity. In fact, the new rule is a surefire way to kill science at the agency as it de-incentivizes the private sector to share proprietary studies with the EPA.

EPA Chief Pruitt Even Violates His Own Principles

With Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s job now hanging in the balance, it is a good time to recall that, just after his Senate confirmation, he gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that emphasized the three principles he said would stand at “the heart of how we do business at the EPA”: process, rule of law, and federalism.