Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Comment Letter Urging Withdrawal of EPA Proposed Rule on Science in Regulatory Process

Julia Stein, Sean Hecht


On behalf of 68 environmental and administrative law professors affiliated with 47 universities around the country, Sean Hecht and Julia Stein filed a comment letter urging EPA's Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to withdraw the "Strengthening Transparency in Science" proposed rule.

The rule would bar EPA from using important, peer-reviewed scientific studies that inform environmental protections, like safe drinking water standards and pesticide regulations, wherever underlying data supporting those studies are private (including in cases where the data are subject to privacy laws or other protections). The comment letter urges EPA to withdraw the rule, and instead work with the scientific community to advance transparency goals.