Bernhardt Helped Suppress Damning Pesticides Report
David Bernhardt, President Trump's nominee to be the next secretary of the Interior, helped quash a federal report showing that a pesticide called chlorpyrifos jeopardized 1,399 endangered species, says a Wednesday front-page New York Times piece.
The story — based partly on documents the Center uncovered via the Freedom of Information Act — is a stunning indictment of Bernhardt, whose nomination was the subject of a U.S. Senate hearing today. The story also led House Democrats to immediately order the release of the suppressed report. And 160-plus conservation groups, including the Center, just sent a letter to senators urging them to oppose his confirmation.
"It's painfully clearer than ever that Bernhardt is totally unfit to run the Interior Department," said Lori Ann Burd, our Environmental Health program director.
Read the Times story and our press release.