Question of the Week -- Should the US release its report on toxic chemicals in drinking water?
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team
In January, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, was set to release a report that found the dangers from certain toxic chemicals are far worse than originally thought. These chemicals are found near military bases and some industrial plants in wide-ranging areas, such as New York, West Virginia, and Michigan. The study’s release, however, was blocked at the last minute by officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) out of concern about a “public relations nightmare.” The Trump Administration apparently was concerned with the report’s findings that minimal exposure to these relatively common chemicals would alarm the public.
Emails related to this decision were publicly revealed on May 14. Now, the public is indeed concerned about the report and its findings, with some senators calling for an immediate investigation. Concerns about the safety of the drinking water, of course, cause many to recall the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. So far, the White House and administration have not made any moves to release the report.
What do you think? Should the US release its report on toxic chemicals in drinking water?
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