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EPA/ORD RIN: 2080-AA14 Publication ID: Spring 2018 
Title: ●Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science 

This action provides that EPA will ensure that the regulatory science underlying its actions is publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation. Where available and appropriate, EPA will use peer-reviewed information, standardized test methods, consistent data evaluation procedures, and good laboratory practices to ensure transparent, understandable, and reproducible scientific assessments. This action is consistent with the principles underlying the Administrative Procedure Act and programmatic statutes that EPA administers to disclose to the public the bases for agency rules and to rationally execute and adequately explain agency actions. This action is also consistent with Executive Orders 13777 and 13783, and the focus on transparency in OMB’s Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies (the Guidelines) and OMB Memorandum 13-13: Open Data Policy Managing Information as an Asset . It builds upon prior EPA actions in response to government-wide data access and sharing policies, as well as the experience of other federal agencies in this space.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 30   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. sec. 7403    42 U.S.C. sec. 7601(a)    33 U.S.C. sec. 1254    33 U.S.C. sec. 1361    42 U.S.C. sec. 300j-1    42 U.S.C. sec. 300j-9(a)(1)    42 U.S.C. sec. 6912(a)(1)    42 U.S.C. sec. 6979    42 U.S.C. sec. 9616    42 U.S.C. sec. 9660    42 U.S.C. sec. 11048    7 U.S.C. sec. 136r(a)    7 U.S.C. sec. 136w    15 U.S.C. sec. 2609    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Tom Sinks
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0221