Do The EPA's New 'Secret Science' Rules Actually Promote Transparency?

27 April, 2018, 10:11 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • At least four Republican lawmakers have called on Pruitt to resign and President Trump's patience could soon wear thin

"The era of secret science at EPA is coming to an end", Pruitt said on Tuesday. "For too long the EPA has issued rules and regulations based on data that has been withheld from the American people".

Because this science includes medical studies with confidential patient information, it effectively means that the agency would restrict the public health research that's now used to support pollution laws.

The new rule announced has a similar goal as legislation pushed by the chairman of the House Science Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, nicknamed the HONEST Act.

Smith attended the event, as did members of conservative groups such as the Heartland Institute and the Institute for Energy Research. On Monday, 985 scientists wrote a letter to Pruitt slamming the proposal, raising concerns about how it would limit the use of peer-review scientific studies and science conducted by other parts of the government.

But ex-EPA officials say the practice is vital.

But critics of the policy, including former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, say the new rule could undermine rules meant to protect public health because the studies used to support those rules rely on private health data. FAA bill provisions could strip endangered species protections Dems seek probe into Pruitt aide banned from banking Pruitt turned down White House help on congressional testimony: reports MORE on Thursday will try and shift the blame to others during his two House hearings if questioned about the number of scandals linked to him, according to internal talking points obtained Wednesday by The New York Times. "This is not a matter of being dilatory, it's a matter of being smart and thoughtful...what you don't want is to make a decision and then have an avalanche of litigation", said Pruitt, insisting that he has been pushing for months to get the waiver and he is optimistic about it. Check back for updates and follow BuzzFeed News on Twitter.‏.



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