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Collaborative investigative report on rollback of federal regulations

The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams – “In February, President Trump ordered federal agencies to form task forces charged with finding regulations to weaken or eliminate. While the names of appointees to executive-agency task forces are typically made public, some agencies are refusing to reveal who is on their panels. The New York Times and ProPublica have been trying to identify them — through interviews, public records and Freedom of Information Act requests. We’ve already found that many may be reviewing regulations that their previous employers tried to weaken or kill, and a couple may personally profit if regulatory changes are made. For example, the head of EPA’s task force was most recently president of an industry-funded political group. Another EPA appointee is married to an oil industry lobbyist whose company is a member of a trade group lobbying her husband’s team. And an appointee at the Interior Department founded a nonprofit that has received funding from pesticide-maker Syngenta. One of his first meetings at Interior was with a Syngenta lobbyist.”

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