EPN Comments on SAB Draft Report on the Censored Science Rule

On January 10 and 17, 2020, EPN submitted comments and presented testimony on the Scientific Advisory Board’s (SAB) draft report on the administration’s proposed “Censored Science” rule, to be considered during the SAB’s public teleconferences being held between January 17-24. The rule would restrict the use of scientific studies in setting rules and agency policies, if the underlying data and models used to support those studies are not made public. The proposal is a direct attack on long-accepted scientific approaches and presents a real threat to the progress made on improving the health of this country and its people. EPN has highlighted the dangers of this proposal on numerous occasions since April 2018.

Read a summary.

Read EPN’s comments.

On behalf of EPN, read the Testimony of Dan Costa, former National Program Director, EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program.

Of note, individuals of the EPN network also commented and testified on the censored science rule:

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

Read Individual Comments by Roy Gamseformer EPA Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy.

Read Individual Testimony of John Bachmann, former Associate Director for Science/Policy and New Programs, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.

In addition, here are Related Documents and Resources, including EPN and EPN member comments; comments by Genna Reed, Lead Science and Policy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy; and comments by former SAB member Dr. H. Christopher Frey: Related Documents and Resources