The New York Times has a post up titled E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide. That headline is somewhat misleading. EPA Administrator Pruitt killed the regulation because its scientific basis had been challenged by outsiders, including scientists at the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
The ban would have eliminated chlorpyrifos, one of the most commonly used classes of insecticides. Pruitt has sent the agency staff back to resolve the questions raised by the USDA and others. So, for now, chlorpyrifos will still be used by farmers to protect their crops.
“It means that this important pest management tool will remain available to growers, helping to ensure an abundant and affordable food supply for this nation,” Sheryl Kunickis, director of the U.S.D.A. Office of Pest Management Policy, said in a statement Wednesday.
Read the whole thing. It give a glimpse into a turf war between two of the embedded bureaucracies and how pitting one against the other might be a useful strategy to reign in overregulation.
Lena Dunham says that worry about Donald Trump has caused her to lose weigh. She seems to think that might be a bad thing.
WaPo reports that a transgender “man” filed suit against a Catholic hospital in New Jersey on Thursday for refusing to allow a surgeon to perform a hysterectomy on her.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Evergreen Health Cooperative will exit the Maryland Obamacare Exchange. However, it isn’t going out of business.
While Evergreen Health will no longer offer plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange market, the company will continue to operate off the exchanges as it converts to a for-profit entity.
Twenty-three Obamacare co-ops were founded. Only five remain offering individual plans through the Obamacare exchanges, and at least three are losing money. Given that failure was a designed-in feature of the program, I wonder what the other two are doing wrong.
The Democrats are now sufficiently worried about Donald Trump that they are resorting to body shaming in their attempt to deflect attention from Hillary Clinton’s health issues.