"An EPA plan to limit the types of studies that can be used in drafting new environmental regulations would spawn "chaos and confusion detrimental to the protection of public health," dozens of Harvard University researchers and physicians warned in comments filed today.
Not only could EPA's approach disqualify numerous studies that have already helped build the case for key safeguards, but it contains "significant ambiguities," they wrote.
Among them: Will EPA "arbitrarily exclude" studies for which the underlying raw data are not available? How will the agency use its authority to grant exemptions from the proposed data availability requirements? And how will the proposal affect measures taken by other agencies that rely on EPA findings or decisions?"