Shining a Light on Secret Science

2 May 2018
AGU Science Policy Alert 18-4

“Secret Science” at EPA – Open for Comments

On 24 April 2018, Administrator Scott Pruitt signed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” — a proposed rule based on the Secret Science Act and the more recent HONEST Act. This rule would exclude research that is vital to informed decision-making, like research that contains private personal information (i.e. large-scale health studies), under the guise of transparency and the desire to ensure the reproducibility and robustness of science.

Before EPA can finalize the rule, the agency must address individual comments. This is your opportunity to weigh in! Take a few minutes to submit a comment before the deadline on 30 May. As a scientist, your voice is essential in this conversation. Together, we must work to ensure that EPA continues to use critical, peer-reviewed scientific information to inform decision-making that has profound implications for the health of our environment and communities!

Space Weather Update

On 26 April 2018, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing on space weather, “Surveying the Space Weather Landscape.” The hearing focused on both the commercial sector’s role in understanding space weather and what daily fluctuations in space weather mean for the public good. During the hearing, AGU’s letter endorsing the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act was submitted for the record. The bill has passed the Senate but has not yet been passed by the House.

Congress is not the only one looking at the issue. The Administration is considering updating the National Space Weather Strategy and soliciting input from the community. Comments accepted until 16 May 2018.

AGU on the Hill: Join AGU at upcoming events in D.C. on Capitol Hill!

The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance are hosting a briefing titled “Sizing up Sinkholes: Science and Technology to Mitigate Karst Hazards” on Monday, 7 May 2018 at 2:00 pm in Room SVC 201 in the Capitol Visitors Center. RSVP here by 3 May to attend.

On Wednesday, 9 May 2018 The Coalition for National Science Funding hosts their Annual Exhibition and Reception: “Investments in Scientific and Educational Research: Fueling American Innovation” at 2043-2045 Rayburn House Office Building. Register here by 12 PM on 8 May to attend.

Infrastructure Week is 14-21 May 2018

The 6th Annual National Infrastructure Week is on 14-21 May 2018! This is an opportunity to highlight the many ways in which scientific research enables us to protect our infrastructure and improve resiliency. Without investments in “science infrastructure” such as satellites, streamgages, supercomputers, and national laboratories advancements in critical research would not be possible. Stay tuned for topical blog posts on The Bridge throughout Infrastructure Week. Tweet us about your research’s infrastructure connection via Twitter by tagging @AGUSciPolicy!