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EPA Chemical Office Pick Demurs Questions of Recusal on Past Work

Oct. 4, 2017, 5:41 PMUpdated: Oct. 4, 2017, 7:17 PM

EPA chemicals office nominee Michael Dourson defended his consulting for chemical, tobacco, and oil industries Oct. 4 as Democrats and environmentalists challenged him to recuse himself from certain decisions on chemicals he worked on.

Dourson declined to answer whether he would recuse himself from decisions related to chemicals that he had previously independently consulted on for companies, including Dow Agrosciences, DuPont, and Koch Industries, saying he would follow the agency’s guidance on ethics and potential conflicts of interest.

A professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati and head of the university’s Risk Science Center, Dourson is the...

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