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ORD, Lacking Rule Expertise, Leads On Science Plan, Prompting Doubts

September 11, 2018
EPA has assigned its Office of Research and Development (ORD), an office with little rulemaking experience, to take the lead in rewriting former Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial plan barring use of studies where the underlying data is not publicly available, a move that is raising doubts about the plan's prospects for completion. ORD has “never done this before. I think it was given to them because it's a science rule,” says one knowledgeable source outside the agency. “They are scratching...

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