Trump set to tap centrist to head EPA’s chemical safety office

When President Trump first took office and was looking for someone to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety division, it didn’t go well.

He nominated Michael Dourson, a University of Cincinnati professor whose research had been used for years by chemical firms and other companies to challenge claims that their products posed a public health risk. After North Carolina’s two Republican senators publicly declared their opposition, and a third Republican suggested she would vote no, Dourson withdrew his name from consideration in December.