Lung Association Urges Senate to Reject H.R. 1030 and H.R. 1029 | American Lung Association

Lung Association Urges Senate to Reject H.R. 1030 and H.R. 1029

Bills would threaten EPA’s ability to protect public health

(March 18, 2015) - Washington, D.C.

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1030, a bill that would cripple the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect public health based on the best available science. On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1029, a bill that would make it easier for representatives of corporations regulated by EPA’s actions to serve on the EPA’s board. Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response:

“The American Lung Association is disappointed that the House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation this week that would threaten the EPA’s ability to protect public health.

“These bills are just another effort by polluters and their allies in Congress to undermine the EPA’s ability to protect the air we breathe. The American Lung Association urges the Senate to reject both bills and stand up against all efforts to dismantle the EPA’s work to ensure we have strong clean air safeguards protecting the health of our nation.”

Five leading health and medical organizations signed a letter opposing both of these bills: Allergy and Asthma Network, American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, American Thoracic Society, and Trust for America’s Health. From their letter:

The Secret Science Reform Act of 2015 will compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to either ignore the best science by prohibiting the agency from considering peer-reviewed research that is based on confidential patient information or force EPA to publicly release confidential patient information, which would violate federal law. This is an untenable outcome that would completely undermine the ability of the EPA to perform its responsibilities under the Clean Air Act and myriad other federal laws. The legislation will not improve EPA’s actions; rather, it will stifle public health protections.

The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015 will also undermine the scientific basis for EPA policy, specifically by compromising the integrity of the panel that reviews that science. EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is composed of independent scientific and technical experts who are tasked with evaluating the science and providing advice that EPA uses to inform its decision making. The current law provides for balanced panels and experts with diverse backgrounds.”

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