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EPA to Restructure Rulemaking on Pollutants and Pesticides


Under the tenure of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in 2018, the EPA adopted a policy of not considering scientific data generally unavailable to the public in rulemaking.  This intended policy effectively negated the contribution from internal company studies and a wealth of epidemiologic evidence.


The exclusionary proposal adopted to eliminate “inconvenient” data created a firestorm of opposition from scientists, health and environmental advocates, state regulators and industry opposed to the principle of restricting the consideration of available scientific information.


Andrew Wheeler, current administrator of the U.S. EPA announced on September 19th that the proposal would be revised and re-issued in 2020 representing a reversal of the 2018 position of the Agency.