Foster Leads Bipartisan Call for Reinstatement of Science in the EPA
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) called on Scott Pruitt to rescind a directive to remove scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory boards in a bipartisan letter signed by 61 Members of Congress. Last week, Scott Pruitt announced that scientists who received grants from the EPA could not serve on the EPA’s science advisory boards. These advisory boards inform regulations through the technical expertise these scientists provide.
“This decision is a blatant attempt to undermine scientific expertise at the Environmental Protection Agency. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of decisions like this one in the Trump administration. Experts with technical and scientific expertise should fill these roles regardless of whether or not they received a grant, because these advisory boards help guide important environmental regulations,” Foster said. “The EPA plays a vital role in the protection of our country’s environment and public health. Thanks to scientific research and knowledge, Americans have enjoyed an improved standard of living. The Trump Administration should do everything it can to build on this progress for all Americans. I strongly encourage Scott Pruitt to rescind his directive and once again allow relevant experts to serve on advisory boards.”
It is expected that these scientists will be replaced by industry insiders and researchers who are known to favor more lax regulations.
A copy of the letter is available here.