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Programs of the Office of the Science Advisor (OSA)

Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

A Proposed Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency on 04/30/2018

This action provides that EPA will ensure that the regulatory science underlying its actions is publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation. Where available and appropriate, EPA will use peer-reviewed information, standardized test methods, consistent data evaluation procedures, and good laboratory practices to ensure transparent, understandable, and reproducible scientific assessments. This action is consistent with the principles underlying the Administrative Procedure Act and programmatic statutes that EPA administers to disclose to the public the bases for agency rules and to rationally execute and adequately explain agency actions. This action is also consistent with Executive Orders 13777 and 13783, and the focus on transparency in OMB’s Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies (the Guidelines) and OMB Memorandum 13-13: Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset. It builds upon prior EPA actions in response to government-wide data access and sharing policies, as well as the experience of other federal agencies in this space.

The comment period for the proposed rule was open from April 30, 2018 to August 16, 2018.  A public hearing for the proposed rule was held on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.   ​

EPA has started reviewing the more than 590,000 comments received.  EPA will be reviewing these comments through the fall. EPA will determine a timeline for a decision after it has more fully assessed the comments.

To read written comments posted to the docket, please visit Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259

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