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Report: EPA To Limit Science for Chemical, Air, Water Safety Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency has broadened the scope of a proposed rule that will dramatically limit the scientific and medical research the agency considers when crafting chemical, air and drinking water standards, according to a report by The New York Times. The draft rule, misleadingly titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, is strongly supported by chemical manufacturers, among other industries. The original proposed regulation, together with the expanded guidelines uncovered by The Times, would force scientists to provide all raw data, including confidential medical records, before the EPA could consider a study’s conclusions, The Times reports. If the data is not made available in full, the rule addendum states, “EPA would reserve the right to place less weight on the studies, to the point of entirely disregarding them.”  Read more.....

 

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