If Scott Pruitt Leaves, Will EPA Science Change Course?

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If Scott Pruitt Leaves, Will EPA Science Change Course?

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt heads to Capitol Hill Thursday for two separate hearings, ostensibly to answer questions about his agency’s budget. But House lawmakers’both Republican and Democrat’will instead focus on a series of scandals that have turned the agency upside down. From his paranoia about personal security and that $43,000 soundproof telephone booth to sweetheart lodging deals with lobbyists and big pay raises for young aides, Pruitt will be answering some skeptical House members.

At last count, Pruitt faces 10 investigations by the Government Accountability Office, Office of Inspector General, and congressional committees. And while the administrator defends himself against allegations of misconduct and ethics missteps, environmental advocates and some EPA employees are focused on what federal environmental and climate policies could look like in a possible post-Pruitt era.

‘If you don’t publish the data, you only publish the conclusions ‘ that’s simply wrongheaded,’ Pruitt said Tuesday.

This kind of transparency has been sought by polluting industries who have fought EPA regulations in court in the past. But scientists are pushing back against Pruitt's proposed rule, which now will undergo a 30-day comment period.

"The [EPA] administrator’s latest attempt to reject valid scientific evidence fundamentally mischaracterizes the way science is conducted and made available for decision-making," said Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in a statement. "If put into practice, EPA could prohibit, or make it incredibly costly, for the agency to use a wide swath of high-quality scientific research."

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What Scientists Are Saying About the EPA’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced what he's calling a transparency rule.

The EPA proposed rule would fundamentally undermine the ability of the our nation's premier public-health agency to do its job by unnecessarily restricting the scientific evidence that can be used in crafting health and safety protections. It makes no sense, and the premise that this is about transparency is just false. Rather, the political appointees at EPA are trying to put blinders on the agency to serve narrow industry interests.

The administrator's latest attempt to reject valid scientific evidence fundamentally mischaracterizes the way science is conducted and made available for decision-making. This proposal appears to be an attempt to remove valid and relevant scientific evidence from the rule-making process.

Regulations and agency actions need to be informed by the best available science and a rigorous scientific process. Undermining the ability of federal agencies to utilize scientific studies in establishing policies would have long-term negative consequences for public health and the environment.

By excluding from consideration research that contains proprietary or sensitive information, such as large-scale health studies, these changes would force less than fully informed decisions and do a disservice to our communities.

Scott Pruitt embarks on a campaign to stifle science at the EPA

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