Prioritizing Science and Public Health

Recommendations to Strengthen EPA and its Mission to Protect Public Health

To help EPA put science and public health front and center, PRHE collaborated with top scientists and chemical policy experts from around the country to develop evidence-based recommendations to improve hazard and risk assessment, and prevent harms from chemicals and pollutants.

Below are a set of recommendations to strengthen EPA and its mission to protect public health in six critical areas:

EPA Chemical Policy Recommendations

Executive Summary

How to Strengthen EPA and Its Mission to Protect Public Health

Executive Summary

 

Chemical Policy

Using the Best Available Science to Assess Hazards and Risks of Industrial Chemicals Will Ensure Better Public Health Decisions

Chemical Policy

 

 

Systematic Review

To ensure EPA is making decisions based on the best available science, EPA must implement a science-based, validated systematic review method.

Systematic Review

Conflicts of Interest

To reduce biased findings, financial conflicts of interest from industry funding in environmental health research as well as industry ties on EPA advisory committees should be eliminated to the extent possible.

Conflicts of Interest

Environmental Justice

We must adopt environmental justice principles in chemical policymaking and implement environmental statutes as Congress intended to fundamentally transform chemical policy to address health disparities from harmful chemicals.

Environmental Justice

Data Infrastructure

EPA must invest in systems to support collecting, organizing and making accessible environmental and health data that allow the Agency and the public to understand, monitor and act on environmental factors that influence health.

Data Infrastructure

Research Funding

EPA must invest in research and workforce training to ensure it has the right and best science for decision-making and that its workforce keeps pace with current scientific advances.

Funding Research Recommendations