By B.N. Frank
Last year, actor/producer/activist Mark Ruffalo released the film, Dark Waters about DuPont dumping toxic chemical waste into the water supply of a West Virginia community. He also asked Congress to take action against “Forever Chemicals” created and improperly disposed of by DuPont and other companies.
Unfortunately, “Forever Chemicals” and the nation’s not-so-great water supply (see 1, 2) may not be as much of a priority to president-elect Biden as environmentalists had hoped.
Longtime environmental activist Erin Brockovich recently wrote a scathing open letter to Joe Biden that was published in The Guardian:
Dear Joe Biden: are you kidding me?
The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board
For years, I’ve been trying to impart a simple concept that Superman is not coming.
Dare I say, I had hopes that this new administration would usher in the dawning of a new day. As picks for President-elect Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team were announced, I felt concerned and disheartened about a chemical industry insider being on the list. Are you kidding me?
Michael McCabe, a former employee of Biden and a former deputy Environmental Protection Agency administrator, later jumped ship to work as a consultant on communication strategy for DuPont during a time when the chemical company was looking to fight regulations of their star chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) also known as C8. The toxic manmade chemical is used in everything from waterproof clothes, stain-resistant textiles and food packaging to non-stick pans. The compound has been linked to lowered fertility, cancer and liver damage. The Guardian reported this week that Harvard school of public health professor Philippe Grandjean, who studies environmental health, warns that PFAS chemicals, of which PFOA is one, might reduce the efficacy of a Covid-19 vaccine.
This smells of the dawn of the same old. To quote the Who: meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
It should go without saying that someone who advised DuPont on how to avoid regulations is not someone we want advising this new administration.
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