New York Attorney General Leads Coalition Opposing EPA’s Science Rule

New York AG Barbara Underwood

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood is leading a coalition of states, counties and cities opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection and Agency’s science rule.

In a comment submitted to the EPA, the coalition demanded that the agency’s Administrator Andrew Wheeler withdraw its proposal to limit the use of scientific evidence in rule making.

The coalition said the EPA’s proposal violates federal laws such as the Administrative Procedure Act and that it is “arbitrary and capricious.” Underwood and her colleagues also called the proposed rule “harmful and deeply flawed.”

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Additionally, they stated that the EPA lacks the authority to promulgate the proposed rule because it is in conflict with multiple statutes, which the agency is in charge of implementing.

Some of these statutes include the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Toxic Substances Control Act. Underwood and company said the EPA needs to have access to latest scientific knowledge to effectively implement these laws and protect people and the environment.

Coalition Threatens to Sue EPA

The coalition is prepared to file a lawsuit against the agency if it continues its “misguided effort.”