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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: August 2013

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  • Science Committee Chairman subpoenas EPA air data

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, subpoenaed records from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) early this August. Rep. Smith hopes the records will show how the agency decided to instate newer and stricter air quality regulations in the United States. By subpoenaing the records, the committee wishes to independently verify the EPA’s decisions regarding the controversial regulations. The agency complied on August 19th, providing the committee with decades-old raw data on the health effects of air pollution. The subpoena, which can be viewed here, was filed after House Republicans were unsatisfied by the EPA’s response to previous requests to disclose records. Referred to by the Chairman as “secret” science, the records include data sets, test results, and health records, which EPA considers to be the sensitive documents; Rep. Smith made assurances that the committee would remove any personal identifiers before making the information public.







Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; Sophia Ford, AGI/AAPG Fall Intern; and Brittany Huhmann, Clinton Koch, and John Kemper 2013 AGI/AIPG Summer Interns.

Sources: The American Meteorological Society, the Arctic Council, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Register, the House of Representatives, National Academies Press, National Park Service, Nature Geoscience, Scottish Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Space Policy Online, Union of Concerned Scientists, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Government Printing Office, U.S. Senate, the White House


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Compiled September 9, 2013