Congressional leaders are demanding that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials make public the science and datasets used in justifying a major new air quality regulation implemented today.
The new rule covers fine particulate matter under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards established by the Clean Air Act (CAA). President Obama, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and other Obama and EPA officials claim the new rule will produce $1.7 trillion, or 85 percent of the $2 trillion in total benefits resulting from the CAA between 1990 and 2020.
The science and datasets being sought are also the major justification underlying EPA’s often-heard claim that CAA benefits outweigh its costs by a 30-1 ratio.
Obama administration officials have promised to make the underlying science and datasets public but the outgoing and incoming chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, as well as the chairman of one of the panel’s key subcommittees, are frustrated that the promises have not yet been fulfilled.
The committee leaders want the science and data made public “in a manner sufficient for analysis by independent scientists and researchers. This is especially important as EPA is subjecting taxpayers that funded this research to its costly regulatory consequences, without ever allowing public review or scrutiny of the information.”
Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Mark Tapscott.