Last week, President Biden nominated Michal Freedhoff to be the assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). OCSPP regulates pesticides and other toxic chemicals by implementing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Pollution Prevention Act, and portions of other statues. Freedhoff holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Rochester and has worked in government since 1996. During this lengthy tenure, she helped shape significant policies, including the 2016 overhaul of TSCA.
The following is a statement from Daniel Savery, senior legislative representative at Earthjustice:
“Acting Assistant Administrator Freedhoff has been a leader on toxic chemicals policy for decades. Her first public meeting in this role was with farmworkers, which demonstrated her commitment to protect these essential workers from the numerous harms they face such as neurotoxic pesticides like chlorpyrifos and other organophosphates. During her many years on Capitol Hill, Freedhoff has also shown a commitment to regulating toxic PFAS chemicals. Earthjustice looks forward to continuing its longstanding relationship with Acting Administrator Freedhoff and strongly supports her nomination.”