In a June 12, 2012, letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s water panel, and Andy Harris (R-MD), chairman of the House science panel’s environment subcommittee, ask several questions regarding two studies that EPA intends to use to support the scientific and economic basis for EPA’s pending final guidance clarifying the scope of the Clean Water Act. Among other questions, the Congressmen’s letter asks EPA whether it plans to classify the pending economic and scientific studies as “highly influential scientific assessments,” a category of studies that EPA and White House guidelines generally subject to heightened peer review scrutiny.  EPA sent its final guidance to the White House Office of Management & Budget on Feb. 21 for OMB review.

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