Bloomberg Law
Jan. 4, 2021, 6:59 PM

Trump EPA to Tie Biden Hands on Science for Environmental Rules

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

The EPA is set to publish on Tuesday a long-awaited final rule that fundamentally shifts the way science is considered in agency rulemaking, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science (RIN:2080-AA14) rule would block the Environmental Protection Agency from using nonpublic epidemiological studies that contain private medical information when it drafts new rules.

Sometimes dubbed the “secret science” rule, it has elicited ardent protests from environmentalists and congressional Democrats. The Biden administration may launch a new rulemaking to strike the rule down, although doing so would take years. The rule is also ...

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