Critics: New EPA toxic-chemical rules still allow political influence

06/12/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

New rules from the EPA designed to keep the Integrated Risk Information System, which catalogues toxic substances, free of political influence in fact allow a role for "White House officials" to influence decisions, critics say. The Bush administration was harshly criticized for influencing the database with its policy preferences, and the new criticism of the Obama administration has prompted House and Senate Democrats to request clarification of the role presidential aides would have in the chemical-hazard evaluation process.

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