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Senate panel approves controversial EPA nominees

from Reuters

The U.S. Senate environment panel on Oct. 25 approved four nominees to top posts at the Environmental Protection Agency, including the pick to head the agency's office of chemical safety who has drawn criticism for his ties to the chemical industry. Senator Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the committee, said two of the nominees were of "grave concern" — Michael Dourson to lead the chemical safety and pollution prevention office, and Bill Wehrum for assistant administrator for the air office. They were approved 11-10 in a vote along party lines. more

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