Jesse Springer/UCS

We Told OMB Why EPA’s So-Called Transparency Rule Is a Trap

, Senior Analyst

Yesterday, our team at the Center for Science and Democracy met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss EPA’s yet-to-be-released final rule, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science. We participated in a 12866 meeting, which is an opportunity for stakeholders to meet with the White House’s regulatory review arm while they make final changes and decisions about agency rules. Read more >

Jesse Springer
Bookmark and Share

Six Ways Nancy Beck Showed Us She Doesn’t Care About Us or Science

, Senior Analyst

As I balance working from home and caring for my toddler, I spend a lot of time staring at the scores of products in my home that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is tasked with keeping safe. That means I also spend a lot of time thinking about the potential for Dr. Nancy Beck—a former American Chemistry Council official–to lead that agency. And let the record show I don’t trust that she would use science to keep us safe. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

EPA office building with agency flag
Photo: EPA

Did EPA Consult With The Chemical Industry While Working To Suppress A Scientific Study On PFAS?

, Former Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Today, members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to EPA requesting more information about a meeting with an industry trade group, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), attended by Richard Yamada, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Photo: US Air Force/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter

Bipartisan Outrage as EPA, White House Try to Cover Up Chemical Health Assessment

, former deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Citing a potential “public relations nightmare,” the Trump administration successfully stopped the publication of a study measuring the health effects of a group of hazardous chemicals found in drinking water and household products throughout the United States. Many of the contaminated sites are on military bases across the country and affect military families directly. Multiple Republicans and Democrats have expressed concern about the censorship and have called for the report to be released, and Trump administration officials are scrambling to contain the political fallout.  Read more >

Bookmark and Share

What Happened During the Hasty White House Review of EPA’s Science Restriction Rule?

, Senior Analyst

We already know that the production of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s rule to restrict science at the EPA was purely political, but it’s possible that there’s a whole new layer of politics that went on at the White House level as well. Read more >

Photo: Matthew Platt/CC BY-SA (Flickr)
Bookmark and Share