The Pros And Cons Of EPA Regulation

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A New York Times article examines the changing of EPA regulations regarding toxic chemicals. Despite scientists warning that certain chemicals cause birth defects, cancer, and other health issues, the EPA has made it harder to evaluate the effects of these chemicals and thus regulate them. The deregulation has been spearheaded by a representative of the chemical industry, who now holds a high position in the EPA. The decision to deregulate chemicals that pose a danger to the public is a prime example of the trend that government increasingly caters to powerful interests. As discussed in class, politicians often partake in behavior that is detrimental to the public at large in order to benefit wealthy corporations. Nancy Beck, the EPA deputy

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