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Michigan scientists urge Congress to defend Michigan citizens, not polluters

Calling on lawmakers to “let science, not politics” set standards on controlling key pollutants, more than 170 scientists from colleges and universities across Michigan are urging their congressional delegation to oppose attacks on the EPA’s ability to protect against air and water pollution.

One of their key targets is Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, the powerful chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who is leading the charge against the EPA and the Clean Air Act , and has ignored overwhelming scientific evidence that supports the EPA’s work.

In their letter, the scientists highlight that “for more than 40 years, the EPA has protected public health and safety by holding polluters accountable – and it should be allowed to continue doing its job. Scientists across Michigan stand united with scientists at the EPA and across the nation. Science, not politics, must drive our fight against dangerous pollution.”

Furthermore, the scientists urged Members of Congress “to reject any measure that would block or delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from protecting the people of Michigan from air pollution and human-caused climate change, both of which put our health, agriculture, environment and economy at risk.”

You can defend public health today by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  Ask for your Members of Congress and urge them to defend the Clean Air Act, especially against Rep. Upton’s attacks (H.R. 910).