Free Lunch Podcast Episode 28 – Analyzing how EPA is Addressing “Secret Science”

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that his agency would no longer allow the use of “secret science” in developing federal regulations. Specifically, the agency will only use scientific studies to develop regulations when the data and methodology for those studies are made accessible to the public. Is there really a secret science or transparency problem that even needs to be addressed? If so, have there been attempts historically to correct the problem? What are the implications of excluding such studies? This presentation will provide background on this effort and discuss how transparency in government can be strengthened and better inform policymaking.



Daren Bakst
Senior Research Fellow in Agriculture Policy, Institute for Economic Freedom, The Heritage Foundation


Richard B. Belzer Ph.D.
Independent Consultant in Regulation, Risk, Economics & Information Quality


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