Deregulation and the assault on science and the environment

Jonathan M. Samet, Thomas A. Burke

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The quality of the environment is a major determinant of the health and well-being of a population. The role of scientific evidence is central in the network of laws addressing environmental pollution in the United States and has been critical in addressing the myriad sources of environmental pollution and the burden of disease attributable to environmental factors. We address the shift away from reasoned action and science to a reliance on belief and document the efforts to separate regulation from science and to remove science-based regulations and policies intended to protect public health. We outline the general steps for moving from research to policy, show how each has been undermined, offer specific examples, and point to resources that document the enormity of the current efforts to set aside scientific evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-361
Number of pages15
JournalAnnual review of public health
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • deregulation
  • environment
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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