Allow Meaningful Public Input on Environmental Issues

Target: Scott Pruitt, U.S. EPA Administrator

Goal: Make all public hearings convenient and easily accessible to the public and open public comment periods for at least a month.

Under the direction of the Trump administration, the U.S. EPA has become far less open to public comment and made it easier for polluters and lobbyists to complain about regulations that force them to clean up their dirty industries and protect American citizens. The latter, however, have found it much more difficult to participate in the regulatory discussion, with inconvenient conference call times, limited time to speak, little notice of events, and even elimination of public input altogether. These moves are clearly designed to shut out ordinary people whose rights to clean air and water are safeguarded by environmental regulations, and make it easier to seek comments from big business encouraging the EPA to weaken its regulations, to their immense financial benefit. The changes must be stopped now to preserve the basic functioning of the EPA, an agency turning its back on its fundamental charge to protect American citizens and ecosystems.

Since his nomination, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has led the agency to make it much more difficult for citizens to participate in regulatory discussions by providing little notice of when talks will take place and scheduling them during the workday so that ordinary people are forced to decide between their jobs and their health. The EPA has also moved to reduce public comment periods to as little as three weeks, when in the past they would be open for months. Some conference calls are not even open to the public, or have limited slots with short speaking times, or are only open to people who can meet in person. By silencing ordinary citizens while providing corporations a megaphone, Pruitt’s EPA is betraying the agency’s most basic mission of protecting U.S. environments and the Americans that rely on them, and he must understand that we are aware of his duplicity and will not accept it. Sign the petition below to demand that the public’s opinion is taken into account by the EPA.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Pruitt,

Since your nomination, the EPA has moved to shut out ordinary citizens from participating in important discussions on regulations that affect them, while making it more convenient for polluting industries and their lobbyists to dominate the conversation. This undermines the basic purpose of your agency, which is charged with protecting American citizens from pollution and providing them clean, safe environments to thrive in. I write today to urge you to reverse this change of direction, before your actions lead to serious, detrimental consequences for the citizens you swore to protect.

Please work to ensure that the public is able to comment on important regulations by making all discussions open to the public, scheduling comment periods conveniently and with enough time for meaningful input, giving sufficient notice of when and where events will take place, and providing enough time for all those who wish to comment. Making these changes will encourage an open and honest discussion on important regulations that affect the American people and their future health and prosperity.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Frankly, Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA is a cruel joke. He is the monster in charge of the henhouse. People all over America should be demanding his resignation.
    If he keeps his position for much longer, we can wave goodbye to any semblance of environmental and animal health and protection.

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