The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. The agency’s own website said that its purpose is to ensure that Americans have clean air, land and water. And it also says that the EPA is to ensure that national efforts to reduce environmental risks are based on the best available scientific information.
Yet the EPA now seeks to scrap the “best available” bit, considering science that ultimately benefits polluters over the health of American citizens. Sure, the new rule about strengthening transparency sounds good, but a close look at the rule shows that studies of the effects of air and water pollution on public health would effectively be excluded from consideration during development of environmental policies.
The Idaho Conservation League opposes this new rule and believes that good science — based on accurate data, robust sample sizes, proven methods and repeatable results — should be a vital part of any policies developed to safeguard our air, land and water. The privacy of study participants shouldn’t be threatened, nor should studies of public health be excluded when assessing environmental risks.
The EPA has a responsibility to promote public and environmental health, not industry! Tell the EPA that you oppose this new rule.