In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's proposal to restrict the science used by the agency, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued the following statement:
"Today's unprecedented proposal that would limit critical health science from the federal rule-making process is appalling and dangerous.
"Sound, peer-reviewed research forms the foundation of lifesaving policies and is key to the success of the Clean Air Act. Protecting patient confidentiality is vital to the scientific process.
"Today's proposal would prevent the best science from informing policy decisions and result in weaker health safeguards. This approach must not stand."
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.