I am opposed to any EPA regulatory reform that sacrifices public safety, health, and environmental protection. Making such sacrifices goes against the EPA's mission and purpose. I think the presidential executive order directing repeal of two existing regulations for every new regulation is very foolish. This policy does not take into account negative program impacts that could occur, would cause much uncertainty, and force EPA staff to make decisions potentially detrimental to the agency's mission and public well-being. Any deletion of regulations must be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all potential impacts to the public. Forced deletion of regulations is dumb and potentially dangerous.
Current EPA regulations are based on sound science and years of public involvement and acceptance. The proposed regulatory reforms will allow industry to pollute more in order to increase profits, and will cause dirtier air and water, and environmental degradation. The reforms will also result in more human deaths, health problems, and cause lost revenue in terms of increased health care costs and a potential loss of thousands of good paying environmental, safety, and health professional jobs.
What makes America great is the environmental stewardship ethic Americans have embraced for more than 100 years.