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EPA Proposes Broad Science Restrictions in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Environmental Protection Agency moved today to restrict the types of research that can be used in public health protection decisions and scientific assessments. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is recklessly giving the public just 60 days to comment on this sweeping proposal (the deadline is May 18). UCS developed a guide to assist you in making a public comment, and if you are able to do so, you should.

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The EPA’s Rule to Restrict Science Could Compromise Your Confidential Research Data

, Research Analyst

On March 3, the EPA announced that they will issue a supplement to the misleading-titled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule, open to a 30-day comment period, which appears to be just as restrictive, if not more so, than the original rule. Read more >

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EPA Moves to Handcuff Its Scientists

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

EPA political leaders want the option to force agency scientific experts to ignore some of the best evidence we have about how pollution makes people sick. Read more >

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Senators Must Stop Nancy Beck’s Playbook for Undermining Science

, Lead science and policy analyst

President Trump has nominated Dr. Nancy Beck for the role of chair and commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an agency charged with “protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death” related to the use of consumer products on the market. The American Chemistry Council representative turned EPA chemicals-focused political appointee, Beck has made headlines for egregious changes to EPA process and policy that have resulted in measures that fail to adequately protect all of us, particularly children. Read more >

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EPA Might Finally Regulate PFAS But the Process Matters

, Lead science and policy analyst

The EPA announced last week that it is issuing a preliminary regulatory determination for public comment to set an enforceable drinking water standard to two of the most common and well-studied PFAS, PFOA and PFOS. This decision is based on three criteria: 1) PFOA and PFOS have an adverse effect on public health 2) PFOA and PFOS occur in drinking water often enough and at levels of public health concern; 3) regulation of PFOA and PFOS is a meaningful opportunity for reducing the health risk to those served by public water systems.

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