16 August 2013
Congressman Ralph M. Hall
In Support of EPA Subpoena
The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology met on August 1 and authorized the issuance of subpoenas to the EPA to release the data it uses to justify virtually every Clean Air Act regulation proposed and finalized by the Obama Administration. This is the first such action this Committee has taken in 21 years.
During my Chairmanship of the Committee last Congress, and continuing into the current session, the Obama Administration has made numerous commitments to this Committee to provide the data we have requested. Each time, they have failed to meet their obligations.
We began these requests almost two years ago with a promise from Gina McCarthy, who was then the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation and who is now the newly confirmed Administrator of the EPA. In November, 2011, she again promised in writing that she would, [quote] “take action….as soon as possible to provide . . . any data and analysis produced with EPA funds” [unquote]. This commitment has not been kept.
Likewise, in a hearing before this Committee during February of last year, the President’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, promised to provide this data, but this commitment also has not been kept.
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