The EPA Is Acting Like Big Tobacco

The EPA Is Acting Like Big Tobacco

Administrator Scott Pruitt’s new policy will quash research showing that pollution is bad for your health.

“This is really evil,” Professor Stan Glantz said after I sent him an article about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new science policy. Unveiled by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday, the policy is a purported effort to improve transparency, but has the effect of radically restricting what science the agency can use to create public health regulations. The rule prohibits the EPA from using scientific research that includes confidential data about its human subjects, effectively rejecting much of the research showing how pollutants damage public health.

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