They urge passage of rules proposed by the EPA "to end the use of “secret science” in formulating environmental regulations. This abuse has gone on for decades—the agency adopting regulations on the basis of “scientific” studies the data, methodology, and computer codes of which are unavailable to other scientists and the public (often despite being paid for with tax dollars), making the studies non-transparent and non-replicable, though transparency and replicability are the very essence of scientific method. The result has been the adoption of regulations costing Americans hundreds of billions of dollars a year despite our having no reason to think they make anyone the least bit safer—except the bureaucrats paid to enforce them!
Last month [EPA Adminstrator] Pruitt asked for public comment on a proposed new rule for the EPA, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” It would require that “When promulgating significant regulatory actions, the Agency shall ensure that dose response data and models underlying pivotal regulatory science are publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.”
Not surprisingly, environmental activists are up in arms opposing it. That’s why it’s important that those who support transparency and integrity in regulatory science make our voices heard, too.
We’ve written an open letter supporting the proposed rule. (Click here to read it.) We would be honored to have you join us in signing it before we submit it officially to the EPA.