What Is Really At Stake In The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subpoena Of EPA DataSaturday, September 28th, 2013
Last month Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives launched a new offensive in the long-running battle over the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of air pollution under the Clean Air Act. For the first time in 21 years the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology issued a subpoena requiring the EPA to hand over the data from two scientific studies, which provide the basis for most of the regulations.
According to the committee’s chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R – TX), the subpoena comes after nearly two years of requests for EPA to make the data available. He argues that the scientific evidence used to justify new regulations that will cost billions of dollars should be accessible to independent researchers and other groups, rather than hinging on the analysis and interpretation of a small group of academic researchers. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, he charged the EPA with basing its rule-making on “secret science.” (more…)