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Prof. Steinzor's Hill Testimony Links Science and Regulation

Jacob A. France Research Professor of Law Rena Steinzor, who has written extensively on efforts to reinvent environmental regulation in the United States, the use and misuse of science in environmental policy making, testified at an April 30 hearing "The Role of Science in Regulatory Reform," held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.

Professor Steinzor, co-editor of the book Rescuing Science from Politics: Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research, (Cambridge University Press 2005),offered three main points in her testimony, including:

The Obama administration and Congress should define a new mission for the regulatory czar (i.e., Cass Sunstein, whom President Obama has named to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs);

The Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) should stop reviewing individual regulatory proposals; and

OIRA must stay out of science policy.

Professor Steinzor recently co-authored an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, titled, "Purifying Science," which offered recommendations for what the President will need to do to "restore science to its rightful role in policymaking," including "unstacking" advisory panels, treating private and public research with the same healthy skepticism, disclosing more, and protecting whistle-blowers.

The president of the Center for Progressive Reform, a think tank comprised of some 52 member scholars from universities across the United States, Professor Steinzor edited the book A New Progressive Agenda for Public Health and the Environment (Carolina Academic Press 2005) with Professor Christopher Schroeder of the Duke Law School. The book proposes an alternative set of values and principles that should guide efforts to reform environmental law. Professor Steinzor’s book entitled Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids was published by the University of Texas Press in the fall of 2007.


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