Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort taking place throughout 2018 in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is not a one-day march—it is a series of local activities, events, and actions organized by many different groups.

Our shared goal is to ensure that science is front-and-center in the decision-making processes that affect us all—and to fight back against efforts that sideline science from its crucial role in our democracy.

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National Action on EPA’s “Restricting Science” Policy

August 1 - August 16

Last month, the EPA proposed Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, a misleading rule that stipulates that when EPA makes changes to a public protection, the raw data supporting the rule (potentially including personal medical data) must be publicly available and the studies must be able to be validated by a separate EPA review. This wide-ranging proposal would significantly limit the research and data that EPA can use to make informed policy decisions under major public health and environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act. 500 Women Scientists, Earthjustice, the Public Comment Project, and the Union of Concerned Scientists are calling on scientists nationwide to submit public comments drawing on their expertise and detailing how the rule would impact the use of specific research. 

Click here to let us know that you’ll submit a comment and we will provide you with the guidance and resources you need to write an impactful comment, including a great toolkit from the Public Comment Project and a summary of the questions that EPA has put forward related to the rule. You can also check out the #RestrictingScience Public Comment Guide.

The EPA has extended the public comment period to August 16.