Minnesota Officials Denounce EPA's Planned Limits on Science

In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at a news conference with Pasquale Photo: AP/ Teresa Crawford
In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at a news conference with Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, second from left, in East Chicago, Ind.

May 17, 2018 09:04 AM

Minnesota's top environmental and health officials have denounced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to restrict the types of scientific studies that regulators can use to determine human health impacts.

In a blistering letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine and Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm say the limits "threaten the lives of real people."

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The Star Tribune reports that Wednesday's letter is the most forceful public criticism Minnesota officials have issued since Pruitt began sweeping reversals of long-held policies.

The commissioners write that the proposed rule is unethical and intellectually dishonest, and the EPA should withdraw it immediately.

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An EPA spokesperson did not comment on the letter but said the agency welcomes public comment.

Pruitt says the change will increase transparency in decision-making.

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