Tell the EPA: We need sound science
- by: WWF
- recipient: Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing forward with a rule that could have a profound impact on what kinds of scientific studies it's allowed to consider for decision-making, removing its ability to consider studies where the raw data can't be made public—a move to politicize and disregard science, which is widely opposed by scientists. As the coronavirus crisis has made clear, when it comes to public health, we need to be taking the lead from scientists, not pushing them aside.
If it's approved, EPA's supplemental rule could make it harder to protect Americans' public health from threats to our air quality and contaminants in our water, and could undermine key protections for the environment. Tell the EPA to uphold sound science and not disregard scientific studies that could help protect public health and the environment.
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Dear Admintrator Wheeler,
I'm writing to express my concerns with and opposition to the EPA's proposed supplemental rule to Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science. This proposal would seriously limit the scientific research that the EPA can consider in its decision-making and make it more challenging for the agency to evaluate threats to the environment and public health (for example, the harm caused by contaminants). As we are seeing in this moment of crisis around the coronavirus, ignoring science and scientists has serious implications for our ability to protect public health. This is no less true when it comes to the decisions EPA makes about public health and the environment.
I urge you not to put limits on the science used in the EPA's policy-making.