Los Angeles joined a 23-member coalition of states, counties, and cities today in calling on Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to withdraw his predecessor’s “harmful and deeply flawed” proposal to censor science at the Agency. The call is part of detailed legal and technical comments submitted by the coalition on former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule.
The proposed rule would exclude from EPA decision making any scientific studies, models, and other important information that have been validated by peer review simply because not all underlying data are available to the public. The coalition charges that, in addition to making “little sense as a matter of science,” the proposal is “arbitrary and capricious, violates controlling federal law and contains clear errors in reasoning.” The coalition affirms that they stand ready to pursue legal remedies should EPA persist in this misguided effort.
"This so-called ‘transparency’ rule is yet another Trump Administration effort to silence voices that get in the way—this time, of the Administration’s relentl