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Comment on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposed Rule, which is misnamed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” by May 18, 2020, Eastern. Related information, Open Docket Folder and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259
Excerpts from Keweenaw Bay [American] Indian Community letter: “On April 30, 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of proposed rule that would drastically reduce the types of scientific studies that can be used to inform EPA regulations protecting public health under the guise of improving transparency.
On August 13, 2018, the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) submitted comments opposing the proposed rule, explaining, among other things, that the rule would undermine EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.
The NTAA explained that the proposed rule was vague, purported to addresss a non-existent and unsubstantiated problems, and would result in EPA failing to rely on the best available science in its important regulatory decision making…
Instead of listening to the calls from the NTAA and the hundreds of thousands of other comments urging EPA to withdraw the proposal, on March 18, 2020, EPA published a SNPRM that contained a more expansive version of the proposed rule and that does not address any of the NTAA’s concerns…
The KBIC urges EPA to withdraw the proposed rule and SNPRM and focus its efforts on protecting human health and the environment based on the best available science…” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259-11184
Tracking Number: 1k4-9gkg-ujzi
May 14, 2020
Emphasis (red squares) added. Original here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259-11184
Information-comments from the earlier comment period two years ago: