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This toxic lobbyist should not be in charge of consumer safety

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Nancy Beck will not be seated on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Earthjustice supporters were critical in the effort to stop her, as our pressure successfully delayed her confirmation indefinitely.

What was at Stake

We need to be certain that the federal government places impartial professionals in the crucial offices tasked with protecting public health and safety. Yet chemical corporations and their allies in this administration are rushing to install Nancy Beck — another industry lobbyist — as chair of a key agency charged with protecting consumers from products containing toxic chemicals. Beck’s career shows that she’s tied to harmful corporate interests, yet she is one step away from a seat on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) — so we need your help now.

As a key Bush and Trump administration official and a lobbyist for the chemical industry’s powerful special interest group the American Chemistry Council, Beck has spent her career undermining protections against dangerous chemicals like cancer-causing PFAS that have contaminated drinking water across the country.

The CPSC is required by federal law to stop the sale of products containing dangerous toxins, yet Nancy Beck and her organization lobbied time and again to loosen or block safeguards protecting families and first responders from exposure to harmful chemicals. Her organization challenged a ban on phthalates, a class of hormone-disrupting chemicals that are associated with severe reproductive health problems but still used in products such as food packaging. Beck also lobbied against tougher restrictions on asbestos and cancer-causing solvents.

Nancy Beck’s career confirms that she cannot be trusted to protect us from products containing toxic chemicals. That’s why it’s so important to defeat her nomination. If confirmed, Beck will have the authority to thwart Earthjustice’s petition before the CPSC calling for a ban on hazardous flame retardants linked to reduced IQ in children, endocrine and thyroid disruption, and cancer. We can’t afford to risk the health of children and first responders -- or anyone -- on a Nancy Beck tenure at CPSC.

Justin T. Gellerson / New York Times via Redux

Nancy Beck, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, makes opening remarks at a PPDC meeting hosted at EPA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on November 1, 2017.

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