Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA Comment Deadline: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments to clarifications, modifications, and additions to its proposed rule titled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science," originally published on April 30, 2018 (83 FR 18768). This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) proposes that the scope of the rulemaking apply to influential scientific information as well as significant regulatory decisions. This notice proposes definitions and clarifies that the proposed rulemaking applies to data and models underlying both pivotal science and pivotal regulatory science. In this SNPRM, EPA is also proposing a modified approach to the public availability provisions for data and models that would underlay significant regulatory decisions and an alternate approach. Finally, EPA is taking comment on whether to use its housekeeping authority independently or in conjunction with appropriate environmental statutory provisions as authority for taking this action.

On April 2, 2020, EPA extended the comment deadline from April 17, 2020, to May 18, 2020.

Members of the public may submit comments online at Regulations.gov, or by mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

EPA Teleconference: Science Advisory Board

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a teleconference meeting of its Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB will review their workgroup reports for the following proposed rules: (1) Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed and Modified Sources Review and (2) National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.

At the March 30, 2020 meeting of the SAB, the SAB reviewed  the scientific and technical basis of these rules and decided to provide advice and comments to EPA on the two proposed rules.

The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical advice to the EPA Administrator on the scientific and technical basis for agency positions and regulations. Under the SAB's authorizing statute, the SAB “may make available to the Administrator, within the time specified by the Administrator, its advice and comments on the adequacy of the scientific and technical basis” of proposed rules.

Members of the public may attend the teleconference. More information is available at this Federal Register notice and this EPA website.

New Joint Website on Agricultural Biotechnology Products Launched by EPA, USDA, and FDA

The National Law Review — On January 9, 2020, the EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) in coordination with the USDA and the FDA announced the launch of a new website that provides information about actions the federal government is taking to oversee the development of agricultural biotechnology products.