The Trump Administration Frequently Deregulates Hazardous Items

Trump's EPA deregulated asbestos, chemicals in drinking water, and radioactive waste.

Trump's Department of Energy hopes to relabel high-level nuclear waste as low-level. This would save $40 billion in storage costs, but many nuclear waste storage facilities will be affected. This could threaten the environments surrounding the facilities. Proponents of the plan point out that the money saved could be spent on more pressing environmental issues. Read the full story here:

Trump's EPA is allowing products containing asbestos to be reintroduced into the market. Because asbestos causes diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, it was banned by most countries in the 1970s. Now, the EPA will allow asbestos to be used in the manufacturing of new products. Read the full story here:

As of March, Trump's EPA has refused to limit two toxic chemicals found in drinking water: PFOA and PFOS. PFOA and PFOS have been linked to testicular cancer and kidney cancer, hypertension, and other illnesses. Now, the chemicals will be unregulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Utilities will face no federal requirements for testing for chemicals and removing them from drinking water. Read the full story here:

In June of 2018 the EPA and the White House attempted to block a report that revealed widespread water contamination. The administration avoided telling the public about the public health risk in order to avoid a "public relations nightmare." The water contamination spanned the United States, posing a particularly high risk near certain military bases. Read the full story here: