We sent a letter to Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator, on May 2 in response to the proposed agency rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” In the letter, we urge Pruitt to extend the public comment period for the rule from the current 30 days to at least 90 days to allow for a more thorough discussion of what it will mean for the EPA to no longer base its decisions on rigorous scientific research.
Our newest resource for scientists describes what they need to know about state open records laws in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and how the laws can potentially be used to protect research materials.
We’re pleased to be an official partner of the March for Science and look forward to standing with the scientific community on Saturday, April 14. This weekend our staff will participate in a range of March of activities in New York City and Washington, D.C. and we look forward to seeing members of our community at these events.
Many scientists in the United States have been moved to action as a result of the current political climate. If you’re one of them and you’re planning to join the March for Science on April 14 — or participate in other activism — it’s crucial that you know your rights. To help you safely organize and speak out, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, we created a free guide, “Know Your Rights: Science Activism and Protests.”
The Arizona Board of Regents filed a notice last week that it will appeal a February 26, 2018 Arizona trial court ruling in the University of Arizona’s ongoing fight against overly intrusive open records requests it received from the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute, a coal-funded group that disputes the scientific reality of climate change.