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ASPPH Opposes EPA Proposal to Limit Research in Rulemaking

ASPPH joined several dozen other groups in submitting formal comments last week to the EPA on their proposed rule titled, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” ASPPH and its partner groups strongly oppose the proposal and said, “As written, the proposal would allow the Administrator to limit and restrict the scientific research that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses as the basis for public health and environmental protection regulations.” The letter further said, “The title paints the effort as ‘strengthening transparency,’ but the result would be just the opposite: the EPA administrator could obscure major, well-vetted research that has found evidence of a wide range of health risks of pollutants, including risks of premature death. If adopted, this change would make it impossible for EPA to arrive at sound judgments about the real-world impacts of air pollution and the benefits of cleaner air, resulting in air pollution standards that do not adequately protect health. The sole beneficiaries would be the industries and polluters that would continue to be able to spew their toxic emissions into the air our patients and our communities breathe.” The EPA proposal reportedly generated nearly a quarter of a million comments.