The Associated Press ran a retraction to the story last week that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris met right before the decision on chlorpyrifos. This information was incorrect, and in fact, the meeting “never happened due to schedule conflicts.”
This article alluded to the fact that EPA made its decision to deny a petition to ban Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide from being sprayed on food based on a meeting with Dow CEO, which did not happen. EPA came to the conclusion on their own that chlorpyrifos are not harmful when used correctly.
The retraction is below and the revised story can be found here.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story June 27, The Associated Press, relying on schedules provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, reported erroneously that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris for about a half-hour at a Houston hotel. A spokeswoman for the EPA says the meeting listed on the schedule was canceled, though Pruitt and Liveris did have a “brief introduction in passing.”