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WASHINGTON (October 3, 2018) – The American Chemistry Council today issued the following statement regarding the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ hearing on EPA’s proposed Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule:

“ACC commends the committee for holding a hearing on EPA’s proposed rule. We believe that increasing transparency in the regulatory process is an important good governance principle that everyone should embrace.

“EPA’s proposal will strengthen the agency’s regulatory process by helping ensure that it is relying on the best available science—science that is reliable and unbiased—and by making the underlying research and data publicly available in ways that protect personal privacy, confidential business information, proprietary interests and intellectual property rights.

“While some critics of the rule voiced concern about its effects on personal privacy, it is important to note the rule specifically states, ‘Where the Agency is making data or models publicly available, it shall do so in a fashion that is consistent with law, protects privacy, confidentiality, confidential business information and is sensitive to national and homeland security.’

“EPA’s proposed rule is an important step toward ensuring that the science the agency relies on in decision-making is transparent and accessible, and we look forward to continuing our work with the agency to help ensure it can reach that goal.”

You can read ACC’s statement for the record here.

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