EPA chief signs proposal limiting science used in decisions

EPA chief signs proposal limiting science used in decisions
In this April 3, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at a news conference at the EPA in Washington. New internal documents say a sweep for hidden listening devices in Pruitt's office was shoddy and wasn't properly certified under U.S. government practices (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed a proposed rule that would restrict the types of scientific studies regulators can use to determine the impact of pesticide and pollution exposure on human health.

Pruitt says the change would increase transparency in the agency's decision-making by requiring all underlying data used in scientific studies to be made publicly available.

Critics, including former EPA administrators and scientists, say Pruitt's move is designed to restrict the agency from citing peer-reviewed public-health studies that use required to be kept confidential under patient privacy laws.

The embattled EPA administrator signed the proposed order at EPA headquarters Tuesday in an event that was livestreamed on the agency's website but not open to press coverage.


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Apr 24, 2018
Only in the USA is incompetence and anti-science religious narrowmindedness applauded and raised to the highest offices. Only in the USA would an anti-science troll run a scientific organisation. Hang your head in shame, America: you're the laughing stock of the scientific world.

Apr 25, 2018
This "Character" needs an independent full out Audit and everything he's touched must be looked at. How much ill gotten booty does he have stashed and where is it coming from ? His soundproof call booth (The Cone of Silence) is TELLING as to the secrecy required for him to be undo the EPA and de-evolve the US to pre-1970 status & worse.

Apr 25, 2018
The EPA should be renamed the Environmental Pollution Agency for as long as Pruitt is its chief.

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