Environment

What Could Go Wrong?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

There have been reports that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator and industry lobbyist Scott Pruitt wants to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, but he can get plenty of people killed from his current office.

The EPA under Pruitt is reportedly going to reverse an Obama-era rule prohibiting teenagers from working with toxic and deadly chemicals.

In particular, the agency is considering changing or scrapping the requirement that anyone working with pesticides in agriculture be at least 18 years old. [...]

The EPA may also tweak or do away with the age requirements of another recent rule, which spells out who can be certified to be an applicator of the chemicals that the EPA classifies as the most toxic. That could make it legal for minors to work with what are known as “restricted-use” pesticides, like arsenic and methyl bromide, in a host of industries beyond just agriculture, such as landscaping and pest control.

The EPA originally drafted these rules because restricted pesticides can cause brain damage in minors, but this shouldn't surprise us.

This wouldn't even be the first time Scott Pruitt has made a decision that could cause brain damage in children. Pruitt approved the use of a pesticide chemical last year, chlorpyrifos, that can also cause brain damage in minors. You may recall that over 50 farmworkers were sickened last year after Pruitt cleared chlorpyrifos for use.

Lawsuits have been filed against the EPA challenging Pruitt's decision to green-light chlorpyrifos and I expect we'll also see lawsuits challenging his upcoming decisions to allow teenagers to handle such chemicals.

  • Draxiar

    “I used pesticides when I was a ten and look at how I turned out” he says from his double secret sound proof armed guard chamber.

  • muselet

    This is the Trump administration trying to erase Barack Obama’s legacy, full stop. If people are injured or die as a result, well, that’s what they get for electing The Black Guy.

    “Pro-life,” my arse.

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    Yeah let the minors handle chemicals.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3211ea30a0f96b40d15f272e79ca42e2c854e4796adfbb3fd4444b91bcc336c7.gif
    But don’t say we didn’t warn you.

  • Badgerite

    Children working with damaging toxic chemicals. Because why? This has to be challenged in court. The EPA does have certain requirements to follow. It’s legislative mandate does not include the poisoning of minors. I’m pretty sure.