Genna Reed

Lead science and policy analyst

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Genna Reed is a lead science and policy analyst in the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she researches political and corporate influences on science-informed decision making—working to inform the public about issues where science is stifled or obscured, and to ensure that federal, state, and local policies are based on rigorous, independent science. See Genna's full bio.

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EPA Should Cancel Plans to Restrict Science Once and For All

Today, UCS submitted our comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s flawed strengthening transparency rule. In our view, this is a proposal beyond fixing. It rests upon an erroneous assumption that the EPA’s regulatory science is not sufficiently accessible to the public. The rule would create a path for opportunistic representatives from regulated industries to challenge the science the EPA uses, tie up the agency in reanalysis paralysis, and saddle external researchers with excess work to arbitrarily give access to underlying data. It has got to go. Read more >

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Six Ways Nancy Beck Showed Us She Doesn’t Care About Us or Science

As I balance working from home and caring for my toddler, I spend a lot of time staring at the scores of products in my home that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is tasked with keeping safe. That means I also spend a lot of time thinking about the potential for Dr. Nancy Beck—a former American Chemistry Council official–to lead that agency. And let the record show I don’t trust that she would use science to keep us safe. Read more >

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Responding to COVID-19 Doesn’t Have to Mean Sacrificing Frontline Communities

As the U.S. government responds to the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that frontline communities and essential workers are not saddled with the cost of hastily made decisions. Read more >

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Responder al COVID-19 no tiene que significar sacrificar a las comunidades vulnerables

En su respuesta a la crisis COVID-19, es imperativo que el gobierno no cargue a las comunidades vulnerables y a los trabajadores esenciales con las consecuencias de decisiones apresuradas. Read more >

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EPA Advisory Board’s Restricted Science Advice Is Too Little, Too Late, and Comes During a National Crisis

In a strange turn of events, EPA issued a press release welcoming and quoting its Science Advisory Board’s (SAB’s) final recommendations report on the so-called Strengthening Transparency rule. The paragraph quoted in the press release was not in the SAB’s harsher draft letter, and I would argue it is incorrect in assuming good intentions behind EPA’s rule.

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