The EPA today will announce a politically-motivated draft policy to restrict the use of science in agency decisions. The draft policy is based on legislation that has died in Congress for several years. Read more >
April 21, 2018 11:20 AM EDT
On April 17th, the Union of Concerned Scientists obtained EPA records through three separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests demonstrating that a proposed Trojan horse “transparency” policy that would restrict the agency’s ability to use the best available science in decision-making is driven by politics, not science. The records also embarrassingly showed EPA officials were more concerned about the release of industry trade secrets than they were about sensitive private medical information.
Internal EPA Emails Confirm that Scott Pruitt’s Secret Science Proposal Is Entirely Driven By Politics
April 19, 2018 5:30 PM EDT
EPA head Scott Pruitt is still finding ways to abandon the tools that the agency needs to do its job. His latest proposal, if it is ever released, is not scientifically driven and is simply a political ploy to undermine the EPA’s ability to use independent scientific analysis. Read more >
May 9, 2017 5:47 PM EDT
Last week, Senator Rob Portman introduced his version of the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), a bill that would significantly disrupt our science-based rulemaking process. A version of this inherently flawed, impractical proposal has been floating around Washington for nearly seven years now, and the latest, S. 951, is just as troubling as previous iterations. Read more >
April 3, 2017 5:22 PM EDT
A few weeks ago, Sen. James Lankford (OK) introduced legislation called the “Better Evaluation of Science and Technology Act,” or “BEST Act” for short. The proposal takes the scientific standards language from the recently updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and applies it to the Administrative Procedures Act (which governs all federal rulemaking). Sen. Lankford claims the BEST Act would guarantee that federal agencies use the best available science to protect public health, safety, the environment, and more.
Nice sound bite, right? Read more >