Transparency


A Chance for More Transparency on Oil and Gas Production on Public Lands: My Congressional Testimony

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today I had the opportunity to testify to Congress on an important bill, The Transparency in Energy Production Act of 2020, that would require energy companies that lease federal land to disclose more about their social and environmental impact. This is an important idea that I have been advocating for over many years and several reports. Read more >

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EPA Science Advisors Tear Into Agency’s “Transparency” Proposal

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The EPA’s own Science Advisory Board (SAB)—two-thirds of which was appointed by the Trump administration—is the latest group of scientists to come out swinging against a proposal to restrict the use of science in agency decisions. The SAB’s draft analysis was released on New Year’s Eve as one of four documents that panned several recent anti-science and anti-environmental proposals. The advisors also challenged EPA’s work on water protection, fuel efficiency, and mercury pollution.

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Five Things to Yell About in the EPA’s New Opaque “Transparency” Supplemental Rule

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump administration is making a bad proposal worse as a leaked draft comes to light of the Environmental Protection Agency’s soon-to-be-released supplemental proposal to their so-called Transparency Proposed Rule. Read more >

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Updated Restricted Science Rule Spells Reanalysis Paralysis for the EPA

, Lead science and policy analyst

Instead of listening to over a half million comments and abandoning a truly harmful rule, the EPA has forged ahead with its restricted science proposal, according to the New York Times reporting of a supplemental notice that exposes many of the flaws of the original proposal in high definition. Read more >

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The First Cut (of EPA Advisory Committees) is the Deepest

, Lead science and policy analyst

Today, EPA announced that as a result of the President’s short-sighted and misguided executive order issued by President Trump in June, it was cutting two committees: the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) and the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). Both of these committees have been utilized by the agency for decades, were meeting regularly (monthly for ELAB) under the Trump administration, and were so well-established that they even had logos. EPA recognized that these committees were valuable, but “in comparison with the other eligible FACs,” their work wasn’t valuable enough. Read more >

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