Paul Tonko

From the office of:

Paul Tonko

Sending Office: Honorable Paul Tonko
Sent By:


Paul Tonko, Diana DeGette, Suzanne Bonamici, Mikie Sherrill, Sean Casten, Nanette Diaz Barragán, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Earl Blumenauer
, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Julia Brownley, Salud Carbajal, Tony Cárdenas, Matt Cartwright, Yvette D. Clarke, Steve Cohen, Gerald E. Connolly, Susan A. Davis, Peter A. DeFazio, Debbie Dingell, Mike Doyle, Eliot L. Engel, Anna G. Eshoo, Lizzie Fletcher, Bill Foster,
Tulsi Gabbard, Ruben Gallego, Raúl Grijalva, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jared Huffman, Pramila Jayapal, William R. Keating, Robin L. Kelly, Joseph P. Kennedy, III, Brenda L. Lawrence, Barbara Lee, Daniel W. Lipinski, Alan Lowenthal, Betty McCollum, A. Donald McEachin,
James P. McGovern, Jerry McNerney, Seth Moulton, Jerrold Nadler, Grace F. Napolitano, Chris Pappas, Scott Peters, Chellie Pingree, Ayanna Pressley, David E. Price, Mike Quigley, Jamie Raskin, Bobby L. Rush, John P. Sarbanes, Jan Schakowsky, Thomas R. Suozzi,
Mark Takano, Juan Vargas, Nydia Velázquez , Peter Welch, Jennifer Wexton

Endorsing Groups: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Clean Air Task Force (CATF), American Lung Association, International Union, United Automobile Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)

Deadline: THURSDAY, 3/19, Noon


Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to EPA expressing grave concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” supplemental rule. 

Yet again, the Administration has proposed a rule contrary to its name. The proposed rule will weaken transparency in science by allowing EPA to selectively and capriciously prioritize some scientific findings over others. The enacting of this rule would
allow EPA to ignore scientific findings for political reasons, and allow outside industry groups to ‘reanalyze’ already-published science to draw their own conclusions. This substantial misapplication of scientific knowledge would put American health and safety
at risk. 

The original rule was opposed by thousands of scientists, the editorial staff of the most prominent American scientific journals, over 100 Members of Congress, and EPA’s own advisory board. This supplemental text does not address the major problems highlighted
in the prior rule; thus, we strongly oppose this policy as well.

In particular, the rule would delegitimize or exclude important public health studies while privileging industry-sponsored research.

EPA’s 30 day comment period on this supplemental begins today.

The proposed rule makes it harder for EPA to do its stated job: protect Americans’ health. Please join us in urging EPA not to adopt this proposed rule.

For any questions, or to sign the letter, please contact Michael O’Connor with Congressman Paul Tonko at


Paul Tonko      Diana DeGette      Suzanne Bonamici       Mikie Sherrill       Sean Casten