• EPA’s Data Dilemma
  • November 1, 2014 | Author: Steven L. Hoch
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the EPA was relying on data that is more than two decades old to analyze economic impacts of its regulations. The GAO said it “estimated effects of its regulations on employment, in part, using a study that...was based on data that were more than 20 years old and may not have represented the regulated entities addressed” in its regulatory impact analyses (RIAs). Defending its decision to use the economic data, the EPA cited that it was the best reasonably obtainable data; however, they stated that they were going to explore new approaches to analyze data that may be uncertain.