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‘Secret Science’ Rule Broadened Under New EPA Proposal

March 17, 2020, 9:15 PM

A proposal to expand the scope of the EPA’s much-debated “secret science” rule beyond its use in regulations will be published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

The underlying rule proposal would prevent the agency from considering scientific studies that aren’t or can’t be made public in rulemaking. The proposed supplement expands the proposal so that it would apply to “influential scientific information,” even if that information isn’t used in writing regulations.

  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler has said the changes “will ensure that the science supporting the agency’s decisions is transparent and available for independent validation while still maintaining ...