Proposed EPA Rule: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

Policy Details

Policy Details

Last Action
Revised rule sent to Office of Management and Budget for E.O. 12866 review
Date of Last Action
Nov 11 2019
Date Introduced
Apr 30 2018
Publication Date
Nov 19 2019
Date Made Public
Apr 30 2018

SciPol Summary

In early November 2019, the New York Times reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had drafted a final version of a regulation first proposed in spring 2018, "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science" (Transparency Rule).

The Transparency Rule was first proposed in spring 2018 under EPA's general authority to order its own affairs provided by the Federal Housekeeping Statute, 5 USC 301.  The proposed rule provided that EPA should, whenever possible, rely only on studies for which all underlying data and models are publicly available to promulgate "significant regulatory decisions." and assigns lower weight to the evidence, findings and conclusions of any studies that are based on confidential information that cannot be publicly disclosed. 

Now, it appears that EPA has decided to broaden the rule, making it applicable to 

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