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Dow Chemical wants help from the White House

By Laurie Bennett

April 21, 2017 at 5:56am

Dow Chemical is lobbying the Trump administration to ignore federal scientists’ findings that a group of pesticides pose an environmental danger, the Associated Press reports.

As the interactive Muckety map above shows, Dow has multiple ways to gain the ear of the administration. Its chairman, Andrew Liveris, heads a presidential advisory panel called the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. The company contributed $1 million to the president’s inauguration in January.

One of its lobby firms, Holland & Knight, gave $100,000 to the inaugural committee. Holland & Knight is just one of a battery of lobby firms representing Dow in Washington. Last year, the company spent $13.6 million on lobbying, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Among its lobbyists: Ken Duberstein, Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff, and Billy Piper, Mitch McConnell’s former chief of staff.

AP reports:

Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump’s Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them “to set aside” the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed.

…The industry’s request comes after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last month he was reversing an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children’s brains.

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