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WASHINGTON (August 16, 2018) – After filing comments with EPA on its proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule, the American Chemistry Council today issued the following statement:

“EPA’s proposed rule is a major step toward enhancing the public’s understanding of the science used to support regulations issued by the agency and increasing public confidence in agency decisions. Increasing transparency in government is an ideal we should all embrace—especially when it comes to the regulations that affect our health, environment, livelihoods and economy.

“EPA’s proposal codifies an important good governance principle—that government agencies should be as transparent as possible, within the bounds of the law, about scientific information relied upon and the justifications for the significant regulatory decisions they make.

“It’s important to remember EPA’s proposed rule is virtually the same as the agency’s policy put into place by Gina McCarthy during the Obama Administration. The goal of the McCarthy plan was to ‘increase public access to research data while protecting proprietary interests, intellectual property and personal privacy.’ So we know that we can increase transparency while protecting sensitive information.

“The proposed 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.’

“We also support EPA’s proposal to require agency scientific staff and decision makers to use the best available science by presenting non-linear modeling approaches consistent with the available data and scientific understanding of endogenous exposures and mode of action, in lieu of, or at a minimum in addition to, the linear default.

“That requirement will help ensure EPA and other government agencies recognize the tremendous advances made in scientific research over the last 40 years on how chemicals interact with biological systems at different exposure levels. Failure to do so wastes investments in research and undermines development of new science-based risk assessment practices and effective public health science policy.

“All of this is an approach a strong bipartisan majority of Congress supported in the 2016 amendments to Section 26 of the Toxic Substances Control Act: When it comes to the science, EPA should ‘show its work.’

“The goal of providing more transparency in government and using the best available science in the regulatory process should be ideals we all embrace. We look forward to continuing our work with EPA and other stakeholders to achieve that goal.”

To read the full comments, click here.

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