2013 Year End Review: Working Toward a More Transparent EPA
EPW Republicans press EPA to move forward with making public their secret science and fixing economic analysis deficiencies used to justify expensive rules and regulations
December 16, 2013
During 2013, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans and ranking member U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), have been working to lift the veil of secrecy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially regarding their use of hidden or otherwise dubious science.
Earlier this year, Sen. Vitter led efforts during the process of Gina McCarthy's nomination to be EPA Administrator to improve transparency measures throughout the Agency, especially focusing on the secret science used to justify expensive new rules and regulations. On July 9, 2013, Sen. Vitter allowed Gina McCarthy's nomination to proceed after extensive negotiations with the Agency, regarding commitments from them on a number of 5 specific transparency requests, including:
All successes in these areas are integral steps in lifting the veil of secrecy at EPA.
Below are a few of the key actions Vitter took this year:
EPA's Secret Science Behind Major Air Rules
EPA's Shortsighted Approach Toward Economic Modeling Does Not Work
Notices of Intent to Sue/Petitions for Rulemaking
Examples of the Costly Impacts of Sue-and-Settle
Social Cost of Carbon - part of the ongoing transparency challenge at EPA
EPW Republicans will be sending out additional documents recapping the committee's work during 2013 on various issues. Stay tuned for more in the coming days.
December 2013 Press Releases
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