Public Citizen Webinar 3-19-10 – Discussion on Openness and Accountability – Question submitted – What law allows the EPA to exclude public comments and questions from the minutes of a public meeting they held?


Public Citizen is holding a webinar today. They asked that questions be submitted regarding transparency in government. See below information and forwarded of two questions I submitted.


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Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:08:01 EDT
Subject: EPA not open 2.3.10. What law allows them to exclude public comment from mins?


In Sept of 2008, the Federal GAO issued a report after a two year audit into the health effects of mold titled Indoor Mold: Better Coordination of Research on Health Effects and More Consistent Guidance Would Improve Federal Efforts.”
The gist of the report was that the Federal Interagency Committee on Indoor Air Quality (CIAQ) was to coordinate information among Federal agencies to assure all are sending the same, transparent messaging regarding these serious illnesses.
The CIAQ comes under the EPA. In Jan 2010, it was decided by midlevel EPA managers that they would not follow the direction of the GAO to assure coordination of info over the matter within Federal agencies.  
On Feb 3, 2010, there was a CIAQ teleweb meeting that was accessible to the public. They completely left the topic of mold off of the agenda. No less than 30 people stayed on the phone for over three hours waiting to be heard on the matter and to question why this was. When they were finally allowed to speak, EPA’s Mr. David Rowson – who pulled the plug on the EPA adhering to the direction of the GAO – left the room (4 PM).
People spoke of their concerns with the EPA arbitrarily deciding not to follow the recommendations of the GAO, but the EPA did not include their public comments in record of the minutes of the meeting. Nor was it ever explained WHY the EPA decided not to follow the recommendation of the GAO regarding this important health threat.
A citizen group,, was formed comprised of physicians, attorneys, advocates for the sick and others, directly because of this blatant disregard for transparency within the EPA over a matter of public health concern.
On February 16, 2010, a Letter was sent to the EPA, the GAO and the Senate HELP committee requesting a response and clarification no later than March 18, 2010 of the Federal government’s intent (or not intent) to follow thru on its own recommendation and an explanation of why this situation has occurred. To date no response has been received from the GAO, the EPA or Senate HELP regarding the matter.
So here are the two questions:
1. What law allows the EPA to exclude public comments and questions from the minutes of a public meeting they held?
2. When a citizen group comprised of approximately 50 learned members asks questions of our Federal government regarding irrefutable inconsistencies of among Federal agencies adverse to public health and requests a timely transparent reply; what are the duties of these agencies, EPA & GAO – and Senate HELP Federal legislative committee to respond?
Thank you,
Sharon Kramer
Escondido, CA


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About Sharon Kramer

Hi, I'm an advocate for integrity in health marketing and in the courts.
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