Act Now: Proposal Could Impact Regulation of Chemicals Linked to PD
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the federal government body charged with safeguarding human health and the environment. One of the main ways the agency accomplishes this goal is by regulating the use of chemicals and substances. A new rule proposed by the EPA administrator would restrict what scientific research the agency could use to make these regulatory decisions.†The Parkinsonís community has an important opportunity to raise its voice on this issue and contact the EPA now.
When creating regulations, the EPA looks to studies on the potential health effects of pollutants, pesticides and other materials in the environment. In most of these studies, the scientists conducting the research agree to keep the identity of the participants confidential and protect their personal health information. The proposed rule would require the EPA to consider only those studies in which all the underlying data is publicly available. This would significantly limit the amount of research the agency could use to make regulatory decisions.
There is much research linking commonly used chemicals, such as certain pesticides and solvents, with Parkinsonís disease (PD), and many of these studies involve confidential participant data. Currently, the PD community is using several of these studies to urge the EPA to ban the use of paraquat, an herbicide associated with increased Parkinsonís risk. (Read more about these efforts.) If the proposed rule were to go into effect, the EPA could be restricted from using much of this research as it considers whether to ban the herbicide.
This rule is not yet final so itís critical that you speak up today! The EPA is accepting comments on this topic through August 17. The Michael J. Fox Foundation recently submitted comments; please join us in telling the EPA to strike down this harmful rule.
How to submit comments:
Enter your contact information below and hit "submit." On the next page, you'll find a template email you can send to the EPA. Feel free to personalize the message and explain why this issue matters to you as a member of the nationwide community of Americans whose lives are touched by Parkinsonís disease.