EPA’s Final ‘Censoring Science’ Rule a Dangerous Step in the Wrong Direction

In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final “Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information” rule, often called the “Censoring Science” rule, Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement: 

“The finalization of EPA’s ‘Censoring Science’ rule today is a dangerous step in the wrong direction – one that threatens the integrity and use of the best science, and consequently threatens our health and lives. Under the misleading veil of ‘transparency,’ this rule excludes the full consideration of scientific information that EPA uses in its policy decisions. Thousands of lives are saved each year because EPA has been able to use the best science to set air pollution standards, and this rule would interfere with the agency’s duty to set science-based standards to protect public health and the air we all breathe. 

“Efforts to censor science at EPA have been met with strong opposition from our nation’s leading health organizations. When this proposal was announced last year, the American Lung Association and 13 other national health and medical organizations announced our opposition. During the public comment period, the American Lung Association and 54 other public health, medical, academic and scientific groups urged EPA to withdraw the proposal. 

“The American Lung Association strongly opposes this final rule. We will continue to stand up for the use of sound science and lifesaving pollution limits.”

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