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Bill Foster

From the office of:

Bill Foster


Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
Sent By:
Yasmeen.Hussain@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Current Co-Signers (22): Beyer, Blumenauer, Chu, Clark, DeGette, Eshoo,
Fitzpatrick, Grijalva, Kaptur, Kennedy, Lofgren, Lujan Grisham, McGovern, Nadler, Norton, Pocan, Quigley, Roybal-Allard, Rush, Schakowsky, Tonko, Tsongas

 

Dear Colleague,

Administrator Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that he will be issuing a directive to restrict scientists who have received EPA grants from serving on EPA scientific advisory boards. Please join us in opposing
this move to weaken the scientific expertise the EPA depends on to fulfill its mandate to protect the environment.

 

Positions on the Science Advisory Board (SAB), which provides advice on the scientific basis upon which EPA rules are made, and the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), which provides advice on the technical aspects of the EPA’s research programs, should
be filled by the most qualified, knowledgeable experts on the scientific research who are available to serve.

 

Disqualifying scientists from participating simply because they have received EPA grants to conduct the research which has made them experts is an arbitrary limitation. Receiving an EPA grant, which is given with no expectation of particular results, does
not constitute a conflict of interest – and no such limitation has been proposed on scientists who receive industry funding for their research. The SAB has been well-respected because of its historical inclusion of independent, objective scientists from both
academic and industry backgrounds.

 

To oppose this directive which would weaken review of the scientific basis for EPA regulations, please contact Yasmeen Hussain (yasmeen.hussain@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Foster’s office to sign on to this
letter. Deadline to sign on is November 1st.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Foster

Member of Congress

 

Letter Text:

Dear Administrator Pruitt,

 

We are writing to express our concerns about the recent announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to issue a directive restricting the ability of scientists who have received EPA grants to serve on the agency’s scientific advisory
boards. We are alarmed at the signal this sends about the EPA’s willingness to seek out objective, independent scientific expertise in fulfilling its mandate to protect the environment.

 

As the advising bodies tasked with evaluating the scientific and technical aspects of EPA rulemaking and research programs, the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) should be comprised of independent, highly qualified experts
on the scientific research.

 

It would be an arbitrary and unnecessary limitation to disqualify preeminent experts from serving on these advisory boards because they have received EPA grants to conduct the research which has made them experts. Receiving an EPA grant, which is given with
no expectation of particular results, does not constitute a conflict of interest – and no such limitation has been proposed on advisory board members who receive industry funding for their work. The SAB has been well-respected because of its historical inclusion
of independent, objective scientists from both academic and industry backgrounds.

 

We urge you to maintain the rigorous standards and technical expertise of the science advisory boards at the EPA. It is in our country’s best interest to ensure that EPA regulations have a sound scientific basis, and to ensure this we must have objective,
independent, highly-qualified scientific advisors.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Foster
Member of Congress

 

Current Co-Signers (22): Beyer, Blumenauer, Chu, Clark, DeGette, Eshoo, Fitzpatrick, Grijalva, Kaptur, Kennedy, Lofgren, Lujan Grisham, McGovern, Nadler, Norton, Pocan, Quigley, Roybal-Allard, Rush, Schakowsky, Tonko, Tsongas

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