"Internal Emails Show EPA Working To Limit Agency's Use Of Science"

"Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) political staffers have been working to internally replicate through agency action a bill that would restrict the kind of science that the EPA can use when writing regulations, internal emails show.

EPA head Scott Pruitt met with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, on Jan. 9, according to a copy of Pruitt’s public schedule.

Smith, for years, has been pushing to restrict the type of scientific findings accepted by the EPA. His repeatedly sponsored bill, now called the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) ACT, would mandate all scientific data and findings be made publicly available before they are used to justify agency regulations. Opponents of the idea say that it would exclude a number of public health studies."

Miranda Green and Timothy Cama report for The Hill April 19, 2018.


"Here Are the “Transparency” Policy Documents the EPA Does Not Want You to See" (Union of Concerned Scientists)

"Internal EPA Emails Confirm that Scott Pruitt’s Secret Science Proposal Is Entirely Driven By Politics" (Union of Concerned Scientists)

"Regulations: EPA sends 'Secret Science' Plan To White House" (Greenwire)

"Smith Pitched Pruitt On 'Secret Science.' Now It's Happening" (ClimateWire)

"Trump’s EPA Wants To Stamp Out ‘Secret Science.’ Internal Emails Show It Is Harder Than Expected" (E&E News)

"Politics-Driven ‘Secret Science’ Initiative Isn’t Going Over Well With EPA Staff" (Think Progress)

Source: The Hill, 04/23/2018