Scott Pruitt

Ruling on toxic chemicals keeps us at risk

I'm alarmed by E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to kick the can down the road on toxic chemicals. On Dec. 19, news broke that his agency has indefinitely postponed bans on certain uses of three dangerous chemicals: methylene chloride, N-Methylpyrrolidone and trichloroethylene. These chemicals are linked to cancer, developmental toxicity and other health problems. You can find some of them on the shelves of your local hardware store.

Protecting American consumers and workers from dangerous chemicals is at the heart of E.P.A.’s mission, and action on these toxic chemicals is long overdue. Their health risks are serious and well documented. In fact, a 21-year-old in...