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.
“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.”
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.