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Lawmakers urge Pruitt to drop “transparency” rule

Jun 08, 2018, 9:10 AM EDT
A group of 103 bipartisan lawmakers has written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt.
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A group of 103 bipartisan lawmakers has written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt, urging him to scrap a recently proposed rule that would require the agency to use science based solely on publicly available data.

The signatories of the letter, including four Republicans, expressed grave concern about the proposed rule, arguing that it would privilege industry-sponsored research while excluding important public health studies based on confidential medical data, reports Earther.

The lawmakers warned that the proposed rule, named “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” would make the EPA’s functioning more opaque allowing the agency to suppress scientific evidence without accountability, writes The Hill.

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