Transparency


Jeff Vanuga/NRCS

EPA Chlorpyrifos Assessment: A Harbinger of Restricted Science Rule Havoc

, Lead science and policy analyst

For years, the EPA has been downplaying scientific findings in an attempt to continue the use of organophosphate insecticide, chlorpyrifos, which is a known neurotoxin and threatens the health of children, especially Latinx children who live near farmland or are the children of farmworkers. But now, it has chosen to inexplicably throw out studies from consideration as it approaches a critical registration decision. Read more >

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EPA Should Cancel Plans to Restrict Science Once and For All

, Lead science and policy analyst

Today, UCS submitted our comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s flawed strengthening transparency rule. In our view, this is a proposal beyond fixing. It rests upon an erroneous assumption that the EPA’s regulatory science is not sufficiently accessible to the public. The rule would create a path for opportunistic representatives from regulated industries to challenge the science the EPA uses, tie up the agency in reanalysis paralysis, and saddle external researchers with excess work to arbitrarily give access to underlying data. It has got to go. Read more >

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A Thank You to FOIA Officers: Purveyors of Sunshine

, Lead science and policy analyst

This sunshine week I would like to express my appreciation for all of the work that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers at federal agencies have done and continue to do to ensure public access to government communications, records, and documents. 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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Senators Must Stop Nancy Beck’s Playbook for Undermining Science

, Lead science and policy analyst

President Trump has nominated Dr. Nancy Beck for the role of chair and commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an agency charged with “protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death” related to the use of consumer products on the market. The American Chemistry Council representative turned EPA chemicals-focused political appointee, Beck has made headlines for egregious changes to EPA process and policy that have resulted in measures that fail to adequately protect all of us, particularly children. Read more >

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