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Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on EPA’s Proposed Rule to Censor Science

[2019.11.13, Wed 16:03] Is holding a full Committee hearing titled, "Strengthening Transparency or Silencing Science? The Future of Science in EPA Rulemaking." I would like to welcome our witnesses to today's hearing - "Strengthening Transparency or Silencing Science? The Future of Science in EPA Rulemaking." We are here today to discuss a proposed rule that EPA released last year, entitled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science." This is not a new issue for this Committee. Between 2014 through 2017, we saw three markups of legislation mirroring the so-called "Transparency" principles of the proposed rule. The Secret Science Reform Acts, the HONEST Act, and now the "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science" rule have all been met with the same passionate negative response from the scientific community. Commenters panned the harmful consequences of the rule for public health and the dubious legal justification for the rule. Because EPA neglected to offer definitions for some of the fundamental terms it describes - terms like "Reproducible" and even "Data" - many commenters wondered what parts of the rule even mean.
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