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Scientific, Medical, Academic Groups Urge EPA to Drop ‘Transparency’ Rule

Sixty-nine prominent, multidisciplinary scientific, medical and academic organizations are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a proposed rule that would deny the agency tasked with protecting human health and the environment access to “the best available science in its policymaking,” according to a statement issued on July 16.

“If EPA excludes studies because the data cannot be made public, people may be exposed to real harm,” the statement said. “The result would be decisions affecting millions based on inadequate information that fails to include well-supported studies by expert scientists. These efforts are misguided and will not improve the quality of science used by EPA nor allow the agency to fulfill its mandate.”