ASPPH - Association of Schools of Public Health

11/27/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/27/2019 14:45

Sixty Deans and Program Directors Call on the Administration to Withdraw EPA Proposal

Letters signed by 60 deans and program directors were sent on Tuesday to Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing strong opposition to an administration proposal that would restrict the use of some scientific research in considering regulatory proposals. The public health leaders wrote, 'Far from making science more transparent, efforts to block the consideration of studies that rely on confidential patient information from being used in EPA's policymaking is a disservice to the American public.' The letters are available on-line (Trump, Wheeler). The letters conclude, 'We strongly urge the administration and the EPA to withdraw its proposal to restrict scientific research and follow the current, effective measures in place to ensure the use of robust, uncensored scientific research to protect the health of our citizens and our communities.' The administration's proposal is currently under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). ASPPH has formally requested a meeting with OMB and EPA leaders to argue against the pending proposal. We appreciate the strong support the letters received from our primary representatives and recognize that state regulations and university policies preclude some deans and program directors from signing such letters.