Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule Tuesday that seeks to restrict the types of scientific studies that regulators can use to determine the impact of pesticide and pollution exposure on human health. Pruitt said the change, long sought by chemical manufacturers and fossil fuel companies, would increase transparency in the agency's decision-making by requiring all underlying data used in scientific studies to be made publicly available. "The era of secret science at EPA is coming to an end," Pruitt said. "The ability to test, authenticate and reproduce scientific findings is vital for the integrity of the rule-making process. Americans deserve to assess the legitimacy of the science underpinning EPA decisions that may impact their lives." Facing a swarm of ethical questions about his use of taxpayer money for personal perks, Pruitt signed the proposed order at EPA headquarters in an event livestreamed on the agency's website but not open to … [Read more...] about EPA Chief Signs Proposal Limiting Science Used in Decisions
The Environmental Protection Agency is close to announcing a new policy that would stop it from relying on scientific research underpinned by confidential data in its rulemaking, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The measure will be billed by the agency as a way to boost transparency for the benefit of the industries it regulates, according to the sources who asked not to be named. But scientists and former EPA officials worry the move will hamstring the agency's ability to protect public health by putting key medical and industry data off limits. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been pursuing President Donald Trump's mission to ease the regulatory burden on business, is expected to unveil the new policy as early as Tuesday afternoon, the sources said. EPA officials did not respond to requests for comment. The EPA has for decades relied on scientific research that is rooted in confidential medical and industry data as a basis for its air, water and chemicals … [Read more...] about EPA Set to Unveil Controversial Policy Barring ‘Secret Science’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Climate Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByLisa Friedman April 24, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to publish a new regulation Tuesday that would restrict the kinds of scientific studies the agency can use when it develops policies, a move critics say will permanently weaken the agency’s ability to protect public health. Under the measure, the E.P.A. will require that the underlying data for all scientific studies used by the agency to formulate air and water regulations be publicly available. That would sharply limit the number of studies available for consideration because much research relies on confidential health data from study subjects. Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, plans to announce the proposed regulation this afternoon at agency headquarters, Supporters and critics alike say the policy will have … [Read more...] about E.P.A. to Unveil a New Rule. Its Effect: Less Science in Policymaking.
Chris Mooney and Dino Grandoni, The Washington Post Published 3:42 pm, Monday, April 23, 2018 WASHINGTON - Scott Pruitt's Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the burning of biomass, such as trees, for energy in many cases will be considered "carbon neutral" by the agency. "Today's announcement grants America's foresters much-needed certainty and clarity with respect to the carbon neutrality of forest biomass," Pruitt said at an event with forest industry leaders in Georgia. But the consideration of biomass as carbon neutral is contentious among scientists, who fear that forests, once cleared so that their wood can be used for energy, may not grow back as planned. "The big problem is you're cutting old growth forests and expecting them to regrow," said William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies and an EPA Science Advisory Board member. "That's totally unrealistic in 20 years and not guaranteed over 100 years." … [Read more...] about Pruitt wades into a fraught science debate, declaring biomass burning ‘carbon neutral’
A Vietnamese scientist has been honored with the UNESCO for Women in Science Awards for her successfully implemented research project which aims to create a gel able to treat wounds effectively and safely. Nguyen Thi Hiep was among winners of the L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Rising Talents 2018 award, given last month in France. Jointly supported by UNESCO and cosmetics producer the L’Oréal Foundation, the program annually chooses the most prominent candidates out of 275 young female scientists to be awarded the L’Oréal – UNESCO fellowships, in order to encourage women on their scientific path. Hiep, who has spent more than ten years studying biomaterials, is a doctorate lecturer in biomedical engineering at the Ho Chi Minh City International University – a member of the collegiate Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, a prestigious higher education institution. “I was really surprised and proud. The honor is globally … [Read more...] about Vietnamese scientist honored with UNESCO for Women in Science Awards