Trump Budget May Kill EPA's Chemical, Pesticide Research

The Trump Administration's budget would shrink the Environmental Protection Agency's chemical, pesticide and research programs, according to an article on the Bloomberg website. Those on the chopping block may include a screening program for hormonally active chemicals.

The EPA’s budget would be cut by roughly $2.4 billion to a total of $5.7 billion under Trump's proposal.

The budget blueprint says it would eliminate more than 50 EPA programs but identifies only a few. One of them, is the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, which stems from mandates in the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act and Safe Drinking Water Acts amendments.

The program aims to identify chemicals that have the potential to mimic, block or alter the behavior of estrogen, the female reproductive hormone; androgen, the male reproductive hormone; and the thyroid hormone.

Eliminating that program could be a problem for pesticide and chemical manufacturers, Daniella Taveau, a former trade negotiator with the EPA who now serves as a regulatory and trade specialist for King & Spalding LLP in Washington, said in the article.

The EPA program, which begins with quick screens before proceeding to more detailed and costly tests, offers the most credible approach internationally, she said.

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