On the EPA’s proposed rule to limit research

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MAY 17, 2018

As I said yesterday: No matter the differences Republicans and Democrats have, we all drink the same water, swim in the same lakes, and eat the same food. I share the disappointment the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) feel towards the EPA’s proposed rule to limit research.

This will impact research that studies the effect of pollution on public health. These studies use medical records which contain personal and sensitive medical information that most people would consider sacred and confidential.

This is a no-brainer, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt calls it “secret science” and wants to do away with such data in the name of “transparency.”

This is not about transparency. As the Star Tribune pointed out, Pruitt announced this “at a private meeting with a conservative news outlet.” This is about tying the hands of researchers when they investigate the impact of carcinogens and other toxins in our water, air, and more.

We need to fight together to preserve and protect our natural resources for generations to come. If you send me to the Capitol, I promise to make the environment a priority.