Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
Sent By:
Gary.Timmins@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Signature(s)

Dear colleague,

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to Administrator Pruitt expressing concerns over recent reports that several members of the EPA’s Board of Scientific
Counselors will be removed to make room for more industry input.

The EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors exists to provide advice, information, and recommendations to EPA’s Office of Research and Development on technical and management issues of its research programs. Removing qualified members of this board and replacing
them with people employed by the companies the EPA regulates is not only problematic, it is unnecessary as the EPA’s Science Advisory Board alreadyincludes credible scientists from industry.

We urge you to join this bipartisan letter. If you have question, please contact Samantha Warren with Rep. Foster (Samantha.warren@mail.house.gov). To join the letter, please fill out this online form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpNMtGntKLLd8TSKJ0m-J1Ym1Obr45RqTfYKwWK8YSHkwVsg/viewform?usp=sf_link)
by COB Wednesday, May 17th.

Sincerely,

Bill Foster                                Elise Stefanik
Member of Congress             Member of Congress

 

Letter Text
Dear Administrator Pruitt,

We write to express our concerns over recent reports that at least five members of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been dismissed. We are alarmed at the signal this sends about both the priorities of the
EPA and about its willingness to protect the environment.

As the body tasked with advising on the technical issues of the EPA’s research programs, the Board of Scientific Counselors should be comprised of highly qualified, knowledgeable experts whose views are grounded in scientific research. Removing qualified,
respected members of the board to make room for more input from the industries being regulated would not only create conflicts of interest, it is also unnecessary as the EPA’s larger Scientific Advisory Board already includes credible scientists from industry.
We urge you to maintain the rigorous standards and technical expertise of the Board of Scientific Counselors. It is in our country’s best interest to ensure that the EPA’s regulations have a sound scientific basis which requires scientific advisors who are
committed to rigorous scientific review for its own sake.

Sincerely

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