Pruitt’s Science Advisors Urge Him to Let Them Review His So-Called Transparency Initiative - Union of Concerned Scientists
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"One week after issuing its letters on EPA’s spring and fall regulatory agendas, the SAB posted a letter to Administrator Pruitt urging him to charge the SAB with reviewing the flawed restricted science rule before taking further action on the proposed rule due to the very important scientific considerations needed for transparency at the agency. This is a strong statement coming from the Administrator’s very own science advisors, 18 of whom were hand-selected by Pruitt himself. The letter calls out the agency for not including agency and outside scientists in the development of the proposal, writing, “the precise design of the proposed rule appears to have been developed without a public process for soliciting input from the scientific community,” made clear by the fact that there are many considerations having to do with making public sensitive confidential data that were simply ignored in the rulemaking. Among the issues the SAB intends to explore in its review of the rule are: How data restrictions could have impacts on regulatory programs at the agency, thus affecting regulatory costs and benefits with long-term implications...."