Scott Pruitt

Environment

Newly confirmed interior secretary suppressed information on pesticide risks, documents show

When Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stepped down in January amid multiple ethics probes, his deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, filled in. Now, as the longtime oil and agribusiness lobbyist formally takes the reins at the Interior Department, criticism is mounting over alleged conflicts of interest and government documents indicate that Bernhardt interfered with a key US Fish and Wildlife Service report that detailed the risks pesticides can pose to endangered species.

Health

EPA weakens oversight of toxic chemicals

Under its new interpretation of the Toxic Substances Control Act, EPA has decided to focus its investigations into chemical safety solely on the risks of direct exposure, which will exclude risk analysis based on exposure through air, water and soil.

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