Wed November 9, 2016

The surprise election of Donald Trump sent shockwaves through the regulatory community. Since most were predicting a Hillary Clinton victory, there was very little focus on the potential nominees that would head regulatory agencies in a Trump White House.

A few of the crucial positions for the plastics industry are the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Trump said on the campaign trail that he was going to reduce FDA regulations. There is no speculation however, who Trump might tap to lead FDA. Industry will have to sit tight and wait for answers.

A similar situation arises with OSHA, which regulates the safety aspects of the manufacturing process. There is no early indication of who will be in charge of OSHA and not much speculation on who the Secretary of Labor will be. Some believe Victoria Lipnic, the current Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will be considered.

Finally, on the EPA front, there seems to be a strong frontrunner: Myron Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The most salient fact about Ebell is that he is a climate change skeptic.

For more information on Trump’s potential cabinet choices, see this Politico article.  


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