Many of the worst abuses coming to light took place during the Trump administration, and it is tempting to believe the change in administrations has fixed the problems. It has not. The damaging practices, culture, policies and management systems predate the last administration and laid the foundation for the abuses. Highly problematic decisions continue to be made even in recent weeks.
I am encouraged by recent statements and actions of Dr. Michal Freedhoff, Assistant Administrator of the EPA office that oversees TSCA implementation. They clearly are moves in the right direction. But it is essential that the deep-rooted, systemic nature of the problem be forthrightly acknowledged and forcefully addressed.