President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has spent his career working to dismantle basic public health protections. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), our national organization, is asking you to call your U.S. senators to urge them to reject Scott Pruitt's nomination.
On Dec. 12, 2016, PSR released a press statement strongly opposing the nomination of Pruitt to the important role of EPA administrator. We urge you to read their press statement and to contact Maryland Senator Ben Cardin and Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen to ask them to oppose the Pruitt nomination. The outcomes of Pruitt's career illustrate why we need strong environmental protections.
PSR's statement notes, "As attorney general, Pruitt has also fought to make Oklahoman health worse. Pruitt sued EPA against regulations on mercury emitted from coal plants and lost. Yet earlier this year, eight additional lakes in Oklahoma were added to the list of 32 lakes with fish advisories for high levels of mercury, of which a majority comes from burning coal. He also moved to block the Regional Haze Rule which keeps air around national parks clear, yet 15 of the 16 counties that measured air quality in Oklahoma, recently studied, received an "F" grade by the American Lung Association for high ozone or particulate levels. This means that children are especially at risk for autism and lowered IQ from mercury, and may have lower lung capacity and higher rates of asthma attacks in the state of Oklahoma. Pruitt's opposition to portions of the Clean Air Act show blatant disregard for the 205,000 early deaths prevented in just one year (1990) by pollution reduction due to the Clean Air Act."
Pruitt's nomination is just one of many nominations made by President-elect Trump that indicate that the Trump administration will work to undermine the most important health and environmental gains we have made in the past 40 years.
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