Man Who Hates Toxic Cleanup Sites Put In Charge of Just That By Trump

Typically, the government official tasked with overseeing toxic cleanup sites and the attorney representing the company responsible for the mess would be at total odds. Not in Donald Trump’s administration, however! He wants those two distinct parties to merge into one, and now he’s nominating a top chemical lawyer to lead the charge on cleaning up these dangerous sites.

Trump’s pick is Peter Wright, a prominent attorney for Dow Chemical Company. Wright has spent years of his career battling the government in court to help corporations avoid having to pay large sums or take accountability for toxic waste.

Pending a confirmation by the Republican-led Senate, Wright would become the assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). In that role, Wright would have to essentially switch sides and push corporations to clean up their messes. Or, theoretically, he could intentionally do a terrible job of enforcing the rules as a thank you to his former employer.

Sign the petition: Tell Republican senators to oppose the nomination of chemical representative Peter Wright.

“This is one of the worst nominations ever made, even by this president,” said Jeff Tittel, director of Sierra Club’s New Jersey chapter. “[Wright’s] nomination is a risk to public health and the environment.”

Per ThinkProgress, there are over 1,300 designated chemical spill sites, also known as Superfund sites, across the United States. Dow Chemical Company is responsible for about 131 of these Superfund sites. The company is on the hook for $152 million to clean these areas. Though as NJ.com explains, despite billions in profits, Dow is slow to actually pay out on these cleanup projects, including one in New Jersey that could be devastating to local creeks.

Oh, and it’s almost certainly worth noting that Dow Chemical Company gave $1 million to Trump’s inauguration last year. It may not be surprising that corporations give politicians large sums of money for favorable treatment, but we can’t stop pointing out this corruption all the same.

It wouldn’t be the first time this EPA has done the bidding of Dow. After meeting with Dow Chemical’s CEO Andre Liveris last year, EPA Head Scott Pruitt reversed a ban on a brain-damaging insecticide manufactured by the company.

Take Action

Trump may be keen to appoint anti-regulators to regulatory positions within his administration, but that doesn’t mean we can let him get away with it without at least putting up a fight.

It’ll take two Republicans Senators to block Wright from this important EPA position, which is why we’re asking Montana Senator Steve Daines, who has shown support for Superfund sites before, to oppose this nomination with this Care2 petition.

If Sen. Daines can rope in just one more like-minded colleague, Trump will be pressured to nominate someone without strong ties to the chemical industry to this important position.

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Chad A3 months ago

We need to have competent people who hate polluters in this kind of position.

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Chad A3 months ago

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Shelley w3 months ago

If you want the best Prosecutor, you hire a lawyer who has had experience as a good Defence lawyer. Trump is applying this same logic to this situation. Trump is smarter than the author together with most of the haters on this site!

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