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Bullet podcasts, statements · May 18, 2020

Joint Society Letter Opposing Supplemental to EPA Transparency Rule

Our organizations strongly oppose EPA’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to the “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” proposed rulemaking. Like the original proposed rule, this supplemental proposal would undermine sound science and put Americans’ health and the environment at risk. We are deeply concerned with EPA’s continued efforts to impede the use of critical science and implore the agency to withdraw the proposal.

If EPA excludes studies or diminishes the consideration of studies because the data cannot be made public, people may be exposed to real harm. The result would be decisions affecting millions based on inadequate information that fails to include well-supported studies by expert scientists.

More troubling, the supplemental proposal goes further than EPA’s original proposal by dramatically expanding the scope of the rulemaking. By including “influential scientific information” in addition to significant regulatory actions, EPA’s ability to use the best science available is further restricted.

We support improving the transparency of science and access to data. When feasible, scientists should strive for appropriate public access to data to maximize independent validation and trust in the scientific process. However, there are many credible scientific studies where the exposure of raw data to the public is infeasible or would reveal confidential patient information.

The research EPA relies on to make determinations is already transparent in most cases. Many scientific journals and research agencies now have policies governing the sharing of data among researchers and with appropriate access by the public at large.

EPA’s efforts with the supplemental proposal are misguided and will not improve the quality of science used by EPA nor allow the agency to fulfill its mandate of protecting human health and the environment. For the sake of the country’s health, EPA must not restrict this research.

Due to the urgency and importance of this matter, we urge the EPA to withdraw the “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” Proposed Rulemaking.


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