Environment & Energy Report

No Plan to Extend ‘Secret Science’ Rule Comment Period: EPA

March 26, 2020, 7:57 PM

The EPA said Thursday it doesn’t expect to extend the comment period for its “secret science” rulemaking that environmentalists strongly oppose.

That decision, though presumably not final, comes in response to a request sent Wednesday by a coalition of 36 environmental groups, including Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, and Greenpeace. An EPA official spoke to Bloomberg Law on condition of anonymity.

The groups had asked EPA to extend the 30-day comment period for a proposed supplement that expands the underlying proposal so that it would apply to “influential scientific information,” even if that information isn’t...

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