Transparency


The Proposal to Restrict Science at EPA Is Dying a Slow Death

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The agency is struggling mightily with a fatally flawed proposal that is legally and scientifically indefensible. Read more >

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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks at the EPA Science Advisory Board meeting on June 5, 2019 Photo: Gretchen Goldman

Wheeler’s Breathtaking Ignorance of Science, in One Comment

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler raised some eyebrows at yesterday’s EPA’s Science Advisory Board meeting with one particularly misguided statement. Read more >

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A Stroller Debacle at CPSC Politicizes Child Safety and I Have No Chill

, Lead science and policy analyst

I’m a self-proclaimed transparency nut. But now that I’m a mom, my need for information has grown exponentially. I want a label on baby food that tells me how much added sugar is in it. I want to know whether my daughter’s car seat or mattress contains organohalogen flame retardants. And I certainly want to know whether the stroller I’m using to cross busy DC streets is safe. But apparently that last bit is none of my business and that’s okay with some federal regulators who care more about acquiescing to industry wishes than keeping kids safe. Read more >

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The National Academies Illustrates the More Nuanced Value of Transparency in Science

, Lead science and policy analyst

Ever think about reproducibility in science? Turns out you’re not alone! The National Academies of Science (NAS) just spent a year and a half studying the status quo and have released some important findings. An NAS committee released a report this week that EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and OMB Acting Director Russell Vought should really read, titled Reproducibility and Replicability in Science. Read more >

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Science and Transparency: Harms to the Public Interest from Harassing Public Records Requests

Donald R. Smith, , UCS

In my work as a professor and researcher in the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I investigate the basic mechanisms underlying how exposure to toxic metals contribute to cellular effects and disease. My lab explores how exposures to environmental toxins, such as lead, manganese, and arsenic can cause or contribute to the development of diseases in humans. For example, some neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative disorders, such as learning deficits and Parkinsonism have been linked to elevated lead and manganese exposures in children and manganese exposures in adults, respectively. Read more >

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