House science committee questions if EPA lied to get shutdown of chemical plant

President Biden, left, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, right, are pictured. Regan said in February 2023, after the Department of Justice sued Denka Performance Elastomer, that the company hasn't "moved far enough or fast enough" to reduce emissions.


The House Science committee chaired by Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas has started an investigation into whether the Biden administration fabricated a paper trail in order to shut down a chemical plant in Louisiana. At least, the Republican leaders on the committee have begun the probe.

Leaders of two subcommittees, Max Miller of Ohio and Brian Babin of Texas sent a letter this week to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan. They want more background information about the EPA’s movements before the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against synthetics manufacturer Denka Performance Elastomer in 2023.

“Officials in EPA’s Office of Research and Development may have violated scientific integrity policies by influencing EPA’s Region 6 Office to withdraw a request for a scientific review of the cancer risk assessment in the 2010 Toxicology Review of Chloroprene under EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System Program, Miller and Babin wrote in their letter to Regan reported Fox News.

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