Shortage of Chemical Experience on Donald Trump’s EPA Transition Team


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President-elect Donald Trump’s EPA transition team has energy and climate professionals, but the nine-member group lacks chemical, pesticide and water pollution expertise, reports Tiffany Stecker, our new reporter who covers pesticides and biotechnology.  

She has a full story coming, but here’s a glimpse:

“Myron Ebell, who leads Trump’s EPA landing team, is a well-known skeptic of man-made climate change. Amy Oliver Cooke—one of the more recent additions to the team—built her career as a radio personality promoting energy independence and criticizing environmental regulations. David Schnare of the Energy and Environment Legal Institute has sought damaging information on climate scientists via the Freedom of Information Act.

These advisers, along with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, the president-elect’s pick to lead the agency, advocated for a hands-off federal EPA that transfers power to the states.

While that approach might appease the leaders of some energy and utility sectors, it could rankle industries that must comply with those decisions such as the pesticides and commercial chemicals sectors."