Trump EPA Shutting Down Program That Monitors Effects Of Chemicals On Children’s Health

by Kim Boateng Posted on February 27th, 2018

Washington, D.C. USA: A federal environmental program that distributes grants to test the effects of chemical exposure on adults and children is being shuttered amidst consolidation at the EPA led Edward Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator who was nominated for the position by President Donald Trump.

The NCER program discovers methods to reduce children’s health risks from environmental factors.

EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research “supports funding for high-quality research by the nation’s leading scientists and engineers that will improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues”

Perhaps best known for its handling of fellowships that study the effects of chemicals on children’s health, [National Center for Environmental Research] will be dissolved and science staff serving there will be reassigned elsewhere within the department, EPA said.

NCER is largely known for the funding it provides through its premiere program, Science To Achieve Results (STAR). Under the STAR program, grants are given to the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers, which were established in 1988 to discover methods to reduce children’s health risks from environmental factors.

A report released by the National Academy of Sciences last year that was compiled at EPA’s request, championed the STAR program for its “numerous successes.”

The EPA consolidation which eliminates NCER will merge grant and FOIA offices. The announced reorganization would see the staff of the NCER dispersed across the EPA as the center and several other areas of the EPA are eliminated in the reorganization. It’s not clear when or if the grants will resume, or who will service them.

Both the 2018 and 2019 budgets put forward by Trump cut funding for NCER, making it clear that Trump’s White House is determined that no one look into how pollution harms kids. But Congress failed to actually enact those cuts, so Edward Scott Pruitt is left to take care of destroying the office on his own

When Edward Scott Pruitt was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma, he opposed abortion rights, same-sax marriage, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and environmental regulations as a self-described “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt sued the Environmental Protection Agency at least 14 times regarding the agency’s actions. When Trump become President, he handed the EPA top job to none other than Edward Scott Pruitt.

Andrew Cuomo Verified account @NYGovCuomo: Trump’s EPA cares more about chemical corporations and big polluters than our children’s health. The message coming from the top is anti-science and anti-environment. And our children are paying the price.

Richard Dawkins Foundation: Verified account @rdfrs: The @EPA is doing what may be the most reckless thing it has ever done and you can thank science-hater and ignorant buffoon Scott Pruitt.
Ending a program that distributes grants to test the effects of chemical exposure on adults and children?! What?!”

Bill Auclair @bill_auclair: Government-sanctioned rape of the #environment and sickening of American people under the Trump/Pruitt #EPA continues, underscoring the grim and inescapable reality that to this admin, money is more important than human lives. #TheResistance #FBR #TuesdayThoughts @docrocktex26

Amy Siskind Verified account @Amy_Siskind: Remember in the early weeks when Dow Chemical was able to sell chemicals damaging to children after donating $1MM to Trump’s inauguration Comm? A federal envir…grants to test the effects of chemical exposure on adults and children is being shuttered.

Hans Huffman @unovana: As Trump dismantles the EPA, CDC etc with his anti-science ignorance. I pray everyday the world does not get to damaged so my grandkids can enjoy it and prosper in their future.

Kevin Bogardus @KevinBogardus: Environmental justice is getting an @EPAScottPruitt twist. His buzzwords of “core mission,” “cooperative federalism” and “rule of law” are all in the memo by top policy aide Samantha Dravis on the @EPA program targeted for budget cuts.

Jonathan Bell‏ @RealTwitish: Remember this? A chemical the EPA said was a danger to endangered species, children and farm worker’s nervous systems. Trump used an executive order to give Dow the “go ahead”.

Randy Prine #NeverAgain @randyprine: Nixon established the EPA and Bush I helped save the ozone layer. Today’s Republican Party fiddle away by gorging themselves on oil and coal blood money.

On what planet are their heirs going to live?.

mroldman @mrsonoflars: The Koch brothers are successfully stopping the government from studies about the effects of pollution on our children. This proves once again that the oligarchs don’t care if you and your kids live or die”

KW @KDub0812: Prenatal care, Healthcare, WIC, CHIP, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Pre-K, Pub. school funding, Extra curricular programs, CDC research, EPA studies/regs, Affordable post-secondary ed, Opioid treatment, Gun control. Is there ANYTHING @realDonaldTrump & @GOP won’t dismantle 2 destroy kids’ future?

Blue Cap @BlueCapFL: EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the Bible commands us to exploit the planet’s natural resources. Moments later, aide points out that he was mistakenly reading from the ExxonMobil Annual Report.

katrina hostetter @kdog222: @ScottPruittOK is Trump’s most dangerous head of any agency or department. He has totally dismantled @EPA as America has known it. #PollutingPruitt has got to go!!! Sad state of affairs. #Resist

BW’s World of Oy Vey @BW1899: Meanwhile, the GOP Congress is stacking the courts & gutting the Social Safety Net, civil rights, consumer protection, the EPA & environment, etc. … And they’re using DJT’s bloviating & grifting, the grifting of his family & cronies & even nat’l disasters & tragedies as cover.

AbigailA @AbigailA1972: And this guy is leading the EPA? Trump is destroying what it has taken centuries for Americans to build. God help us.

Brian Krassenstein @krassenstein: Trump’s EPA just announced that it is dissolving a program that funds studies on the effects of pollution and chemical exposure on America’s children. It’s almost as if they are doing everything possible to hurt the future of this nation. RETWEET if you are as DISGUSTED as I am!

Michael Gaudette @moosepyro: Michael He needs the security from the mutants that get produced at these EPA super sites. Talk about someone who is totally unqualified for the job, he’s the f**king poster boy for what not to do! Does he even believe the world is not flat?.

Heather Barton @HBarton_Lab: Wow. It’s clear where the welfare of our children and a clean #environment fall on #EPA Scott Pruitt’s list of priorities. So disappointing. #AmericaDeservesBetter.

Adam @GeminieastUs: EPA Says Screw It, We Don’t Care If Corporations Poison Our Children.

Ed Krassenstein‏ @EdKrassen: As we express our concerns over the GOP and Trump’s carelessness surrounding the safety of our children in schools, today comes breaking news that Trump’s EPA will shut down the office that handles research on chemicals’ effects on children’s health. OUR CHILDREN MATTER!!

Christopher Zullo @ChrisJZullo: Trump’s Budget cuts $213 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP lifted 8 million out of poverty. Cuts Medicare $237 Billion, EPA 34% and State Dept. 27% all to offset massive tax cut for Corporations. Demand fuels growth, not 1% tax cuts.

Deena Burns @danawangwitit: Oh.. y’all are waking up. Cool! Major EPA”…they rolled back regulations on coal mines and power houses dumping waste (like arsenic, mercury..even carbon emissions too) into our streams.. that’s ya know our Earf, our fish.. our Water.

Citizens for Ethics Verified account @CREWcrew: The White House budget proposes cutting billions from the EPA’s budget. Yet Scott Pruitt may have spent over a million dollars in taxpayer money for premium flights and security.

Charles P. Pierce Verified account @CharlesPPierce: Science is proving inconvenient for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1: The #KochBrothers plan 2 kill off everything “public,” from public sector unions, 2 public education, 2 fed agencies & programs designed 2 help the public (EPA, SEC, DOE, consumer protection laws, SS, etc) bc the “free market” will self regulate, just like it has with guns. NOT.

BW’s World of Oy Vey @BW1899: Meanwhile, the GOP Congress is stacking the courts & gutting the Social Safety Net, civil rights, consumer protection, the EPA & environment, etc. … And they’re using DJT’s bloviating & grifting, the grifting of his family & cronies & even nat’l disasters & tragedies as cover.

Venture Capital @kelly2277: Trump’s goal is to dismantle Departments of EPA Commerce, Energy, Education, Interior, Oversight & Ethics etc. Let the oligarchs rule- just like Russia. Trump, Putin & ROSNEFT didn’t want EPA protecting

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