By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director
Together with our allies and partners, we forced Scott Pruitt to resign earlier this month as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But before he went, he proposed a rule that would radically limit the EPA’s ability to use the best science to protect public health and the environment.
Now it’s time to make sure this bad rule he left behind gets the boot, too.
The rule Pruitt left behind put limits on the science that can be used when the EPA evaluates the health effects of a pollutant or chemical. It would require studies to make raw data publicly available—including identifiable health and medical records—otherwise the EPA can’t use them in their decision making. It’s being called the “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule but it’s nothing more than a thinly-veiled give away to big polluters.
Restricting the EPA’s ability to use the best available science and public health research in rule-making will weaken public health and environmental protections, which will result in more people being diagnosed with breast cancer and other diseases.
The EPA plays an essential role in protecting the public from involuntary environmental exposures to harmful chemicals and the agency should use the best available science to ensure evidence-based rule making that protects public health.
Thank you for joining us in this important ACTION!