(Environmental Leader) The EPA Office of the Inspector General has taken a stance against the procedural policy the EPA used in its 2009 determination that greenhouse gas emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare, with a report released this week, “Procedural Review of EPA’s Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding Data Quality Processes.”
In December 2009, EPA published its Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act, and according to the IG, the agency relied upon scientific assessments conducted by other organizations. The EPA summarized the results of these scientific assessments in its technical support document (TSD).
The IG took issue with how the TSD was used as a basis of determination, saying that the agency did not follow procedure while conducting a peer review of a “highly influential scientific assessment.”
The IG found that the EPA had the TSD reviewed by a panel of 12 federal climate change scientists; however, the review results and EPA’s response were not publicly reported, and one of the 12 reviewers was an EPA employee…
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