WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) released the following statement on the finalization of a rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishing how scientific data will be included in future regulatory action. The rule, ‘Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information,’ will improve the public’s access to EPA’s scientific analyses and provide greater insight into any resulting regulatory action.
“I applaud President Trump and Administrator Wheeler for ensuring the EPA’s decision-making process is based on sound and transparent science. The EPA’s regulatory actions are often costly for American families and hamper small businesses with excessive red tape. Agencies like the EPA must use public and credible data when issuing any substantial regulatory decisions so Americans can decide if the regulation is justified. Clearly identifying scientific studies and making those conclusions publicly available will ensure any future regulatory action by the EPA comes with much needed transparency.”