Last month, the EPA proposed Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, a misleading rule that stipulates that when EPA makes changes to a public protection, the raw data supporting the rule (potentially including personal medical data) must be publicly available and the studies must be able to be validated by a separate EPA review. This wide-ranging proposal would significantly limit the research and data that EPA can use to make informed policy decisions under major public health and environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act.
Let the EPA Know Why Restricting Science is Bad for Science. Use this Public Comment Guide for EPA’s “Restricting Science” Policy. Currently, the rule is only open for public comment until May 30, 2018, but May 20-26 is the National Week of Public Comments - comment today!