Smith blasts EPA for failing to meet subpoena request

Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced on Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to produce information requested in his subpoena for data on costly regulations.

“EPA currently stands in default,” Smith said. “EPA is using the subpoenaed data to support regulations that could cost the American people trillions of dollars. Yet the agency has refused to make the data available to Congress or the American people. Regulations based on secret data have no place in a democracy.”

Smith sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday demanding that the agency produce every piece of data requested in the subpoena as well as a description of the steps it is taking to produce all of the documents.

The subpoena was sent on Aug. 1 and Smith set an Aug. 19 deadline for the requested information. Hours after the deadline, EPA staff sent a letter to the committee that Smith said failed to comply with the subpoena.

The letter to the committee said a large portion of the data requested was held solely by outside research institutions.

“That is a remarkable assertion by an agency that purports to rely on such data – data that is apparently has not even obtained, much less reviewed – to impose extraordinary costs on the America people,” Smith said in his letter of response.

Smith gave the EPA a new deadline of Sept. 16 to detail the specific steps it is taking to produce all documents demanded by the subpoena.