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EPA Advisory Board’s Restricted Science Advice Is Too Little, Too Late, and Comes During a National Crisis

, Lead science and policy analyst

In a strange turn of events, EPA issued a press release welcoming and quoting its Science Advisory Board’s (SAB’s) final recommendations report on the so-called Strengthening Transparency rule. The paragraph quoted in the press release was not in the SAB’s harsher draft letter, and I would argue it is incorrect in assuming good intentions behind EPA’s rule.

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Roundup: Sidelining Science Hits New Lows in Response to Public Health Crisis

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

The first three months of 2020 provided an immediate and terrible demonstration of what can happen when an administration ignores and misrepresents evidence on a threat to public health, in the form of a rapidly mounting death toll from COVID-19.  Despite the pandemic, the Trump administration pushed ahead with a dangerous rule at the Environmental Protection Agency. Advocates are pushing back against damaging actions while highlighting the value of transparency and whistleblowers. Read more >

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EPA Proposes Broad Science Restrictions in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Environmental Protection Agency moved today to restrict the types of research that can be used in public health protection decisions and scientific assessments. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is recklessly giving the public just 60 days to comment on this sweeping proposal (the deadline is May 18). UCS developed a guide to assist you in making a public comment, and if you are able to do so, you should.

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The EPA’s Rule to Restrict Science Could Compromise Your Confidential Research Data

, Research Analyst

On March 3, the EPA announced that they will issue a supplement to the misleading-titled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule, open to a 30-day comment period, which appears to be just as restrictive, if not more so, than the original rule. Read more >

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EPA Moves to Handcuff Its Scientists

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

EPA political leaders want the option to force agency scientific experts to ignore some of the best evidence we have about how pollution makes people sick. Read more >

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