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EPA Science Plan Skirted Usual Process, Raising Finalization, Legal Doubts

May 14, 2018
The Trump EPA's controversial plan requiring use of publicly available research to justify rules appears to have been developed by political appointees without following the agency's usual action development process (ADP) for crafting important rules, leaving career staff and program offices out of the loop but raising doubts about how it will be finalized without them. Sources tell Inside EPA that the science transparency rule is categorized as a “tier 3” measure, the lowest of three tiers in EPA's...

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