Deep Dive Episode 111 – The Truth About the EPA’s Science Transparency Rule

Regulatory Transparency Project's Fourth Branch Podcast

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In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule entitled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.”  The proposal garnered over 9,000 unique public comments. On March 18, 2020, EPA published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that, among other things, states that the EPA would be required to make public important information underlying both significant regulatory actions and influential scientific information disseminated by the Agency. Why is this EPA effort to promote transparency important? Why is it controversial? This episode will discuss and evaluate the proposed rule in light of the March 2020 supplementary notice.


  • Dr. Richard B. Belzer, Associate Fellow, R Street Institute
  • Prof. Adam White, Assistant Professor and Executive Director, The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • [Moderator] Daren Bakst, Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation


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