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Inhofe, Barrasso Urge Jackson to Reopen Public Comment Process

Washington, D.C.-Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of EPW's Oversight Subcommittee, called on EPA to reopen the public process for the agency's endangerment finding for greenhouse gases in light of the finding that a crucial scientific data set was destroyed.   In a petition filed by a non-profit organization, the evidence is clear that EPA is relying on scientific information for its endangerment finding that could very well be seriously flawed. 

Inhofe and Barrasso recently asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to respond to requests about transparency and openness in the scientific process used to develop the endangerment finding. Thus far, the agency has ignored their request.  The following is the reaction from the senators to today's development:

Sen. Inhofe: "It's astonishing that EPA, so confident in the scientific integrity of its work, refuses to be transparent with the public about the most consequential rulemaking of our time. Now the evidence shows that scientists interested in testing some of EPA's assertions can't engage in basic scientific work, such as assuring reproducibility and objectivity, because the data they seek have been destroyed.  In order to conform to federal law and basic standards of scientific integrity, EPA must reopen the record so the public can judge whether EPA's claims are based on the best available scientific information."

Sen. Barrasso: "It's disturbing to learn that the data used for the EPA's finding no longer exists.  If true, the agency needs to reopen the comment period or withdraw the rule and start over."


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