Biden’s EPA to review manipulation of science under Trump


Pledging to put science above politics, the Biden administration will look back through four years of environmental policies and decisions made by the Trump administration to see where scientific data may have been manipulated or intentionally suppressed. In a letter to staff obtained by NBC News, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan said the agency would make good on a presidential memorandum on scientific integrity signed by President Joe Biden by updating policies, reports or data that suffered from political interference under former President Donald Trump. “When politics drives science rather than science informing policy, we are more likely to make policy choices that sacrifice the health of the most vulnerable among us,” Regan wrote. He added that “manipulating, suppressing or otherwise impeding science has real world consequences for human health and the environment.” And the Interior Department rescinded an “open science” mandate that barred scientific research from being used in decision-making unless all the raw underlying data — even if private or proprietary — was made public, a rule critics said served to suppress solid science from informing government actions.

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