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EPA taps former chemical industry attorney to head Superfund group

The Gowanus Canal, a designated federal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York.
The Gowanus Canal, a designated federal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Environmental Protection Agency’s task force that oversees the cleanup of some of the country's most contaminated sites, will be led by a former lawyer for a plastics and chemicals company, the AP reports.

Why it matters: Steven Cook, the new chair of the Superfund Task Force, has reportedly worked more than 20 years as a corporate counsel for LyondellBasell Industries — one of the country’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies that the EPA has suspected of polluting some three dozen sites.