Last week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt fired scientists on a key advisory board and is likely to replace them with industry insiders.
Now, after Trump issued an executive order calling for rollbacks of current environmental protections, Pruitt’s EPA is asking for public input on which regulations to cut.
This administration’s reckless anti-regulatory agenda seems to know no bounds. And if it succeeds in rolling back our core environmental safeguards, the damage to people’s health would be enormous. We can’t let that happen.
The EPA is already hearing from Big Business about which regulations they’d like to see disappear, so it’s vital that the rest of us have a say.
And while Trump administration officials appear to have no real interest in our opinions or wellbeing, they’ll take notice when we throw enough sand in the gears. Over 40,000 people have already submitted comments on this disgraceful proposal.² Let’s give them 40,000 more.
Trump has proposed slashing the EPA’s budget by over 30% and staffing by 20%, making it clear that enforcement of environmental and health protections is not important to him. And firing members of the EPA’s science advisory board this week underscores his contempt for the role of science in policy-making.
Regardless of what Trump and his cronies want, the EPA is supposed to protect human health and the environment, NOT the financial interests of corporations. We need an EPA that is empowered to do its job — fully funded and run by people who believe in its mission. We need current regulations to be fully enforced and new regulations enacted to address emerging concerns.
Click here to submit your public comment to tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt what you think of his anti-regulatory agenda.