Leaving the scientific community out of the EPA’s rulemaking process could spell failure for the agency’s effort to open data up to public scrutiny, the agency’s scientific advisers said June 29.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board—whose members advise the administrator on the technical underpinnings of agency actions including regulations—was left in the dark when the agency developed and released its proposal for increasing transparency in the science used for regulations, the board told Administrator Scott Pruitt in a letter posted online June 29.
The proposed rule (RIN:2080-AA14) would determine which scientific studies the agency...
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(Updated with comments from a Science Advisory Board member in the 7th paragraph, and the Union of Concerned Scientists in the 6th and 13th paragraphs.)