Science, Politics Collide At The EPA, Lawmakers Hear

Law360, New York (November 30, 2011, 7:05 PM EST) -- The scientific process and the political process have become too intertwined at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leading to unnecessary environmental regulations, environmental policy experts told a U.S. House of Representatives energy and environment panel on Wednesday.

Overarching environmental policy goals taint the scientific evaluation of those policies, according to the panelists. On the other hand, the panelists said, the EPA enacts policies relying solely on its scientific research, ignoring the economic, legal and political implications of its regulations.

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