EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)

Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science - Advice and comment on the proposed rule

EPA Designated Federal Officer (DFO):Thomas Armitage
202-564-2155
armitage.thomas@epa.gov
Responsible Committee/Panel:SAB

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BACKGROUND
Under the SAB's authorizing statute, the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978, the SAB "may make available to the Administrator, within the time specified by the Administrator, its advice and comments on the adequacy of the scientific and technical basis" of proposed rules. EPA's proposed rule, "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” would require that, for significant regulatory actions, the underlying data for pivotal regulatory science be made publicly available to support independent validation of the studies.

A workgroup of the EPA Science Advisory Board recommended that the SAB should review the science supporting the proposed rule. The full SAB considered the workgroup's recommendation and decided that the SAB should provide advice and comment on the science supporting the proposed rule.