EPN Comments on Supplement to the “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” Rule Proposal

On May 18, 2020, EPN submitted comments on EPA’s supplemental notice to its proposed April 2018 “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rulemaking. The proposal would deprive agency decision-makers of access to scientific studies for which the underlying data cannot be made publicly available. It would reverse the decades-old EPA practice of using the best available science in carrying out the responsibilities Congress placed on the agency. The supplemental proposal doubles down on this mistaken approach. EPN hopes that EPA steps away from these proposed restrictions on science, which would cripple reasoned agency decision-making to the detriment of the health and safety of the American public.

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Read EPN’s comments.

Read the comments of EPN member Linda Birnbaum, former EPA Scientist.

Read the comments of EPN member Roy Gamse, former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Planning and Evaluation and Acting Assistant Administrator for Planning and Management.

Read the comments of EPN member Dr. Bernard Goldstein, former Chair, EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Development.