Dem AGs ask Pruitt to halt 'transparency' proposal to restrict EPA science

Dem AGs ask Pruitt to halt 'transparency' proposal to restrict EPA science
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Eight Democratic attorneys general are pushing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Barrett punts on climate, oil industry recusals | Ex-EPA official claims retaliation in lawsuit | Dems seek to uphold ruling ousting Pendley Ex-EPA official who spoke about Pruitt scandals claims retaliation in new lawsuit Crystal clean water? Not if Trump can help it MORE to rescind a proposed regulation that would restrict the science the agency could use in writing and enforcing regulations.

The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), hinted that they might sue the EPA if it moves forward with the rule that they and other critics say is an attempt to stop the EPA from using some major findings on health, pollution and other issues.

“In light of the far-reaching impact the proposal could have on EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment, we ask that you withdraw the proposed rule and convene a process to first consult with the National Academy of Sciences and other independent scientists and science organizations before deciding whether any proposed changes to EPA’s current use of scientific evidence are in order,” they wrote.


The proposal released last month sought to improve transparency in scientific decisionmaking and stop the use of “secret science.” Scientific findings and data used by the EPA would have to be reproducible and completely available to anyone wishing to scrutinize it.

Pruitt said at the time that the proposal showed “an agency taking responsibility for how we do our work, in respecting process … so that we can enhance confidence in our decision making.”

Critics say the rule is unnecessary and would only hinder the EPA in its mission to protect public health and the environment.

The Democratic attorneys general, representing seven states and Washington, D.C., also asked Pruitt to extend the current 30-day public comment period by “at least” 150 days, which would add up to a half a year.