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EPA/ORD RIN: 2080-AA14 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science 

On April 30, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided notice of proposed rulemaking (83 FR 18768) intended to strengthen the transparency of EPA regulatory science. On March 18, 2020, EPA issued a supplemental proposal (SNPRM) to clarify, modify and supplement certain provisions of the 2018 proposed rule in response to public comments. In the SNPRM, EPA proposed definitions and clarified that the proposed rulemaking applies to data and models underlying both pivotal science and pivotal regulatory science. EPA also proposed that the scope of the rulemaking apply to influential scientific information as well as significant regulatory decisions and proposed a modified approach to the public availability provisions for data and models that would underlie significant regulatory decisions and an alternate approach. Finally, EPA requested comment on whether to use its housekeeping authority independently or in conjunction with appropriate environmental statutory provisions as authority for taking this action. This action would increase transparency of the assumptions underlying data and models that support these EPA regulatory decisions.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously 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. 6981    42 U.S.C. 9615    Pub. L. 98-80, 84 Stat. 2086    5 U.S.C. app    15 U.S.C. 2609    33 U.S.C. 1254    33 U.S.C. 1361    42 U.S.C. 11048    42 U.S.C. 300j-1    42 U.S.C. 300j-9(a)(1)    42 U.S.C. 6912(a)(1)    42 U.S.C. 7403    42 U.S.C. 7601(a)    42 U.S.C. 9660    5 U.S.C. 301    7 U.S.C. 136r(a)    7 U.S.C. 136w   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/30/2018  83 FR 18768   
Supplemental NPRM  03/18/2020  85 FR 15396   
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  05/18/2020 
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Cheryl A. Hawkins
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Mail Code 8104R,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-7307

Bennett Thompson
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Mail Code 8104R,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1071