Information Quality Act Request for Correction #5 (Submitted Oct. 21, 2014)

This link leads to the fifth Information Quality Act (AKA Data Quality Act) Request for Correction (RfC) filed by PCTC to challenge USGS information. This RfC, along with RfC numbers 1, 2, and 3 were submitted to the USGS. RfC number 4 was submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The RfC is posted on the USGS Information Quality web page along with subsequent communications from the USGS regarding the request. RfC #5 was filed after materials obtained via PCTC’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request allowed initial analysis of the USGS’ “science,” and after the failure of the USGS to respond to PCTC’s repeated inquiries about how to update previously filed RfCs. The USGS refused to act upon RfC #5, stating that the request was “received after the final USGS Response to the first and second inquiry was issued.” True, but RfC #5 was filed while the appeals to those wholly inadequate “final responses” were underway.

RFC #5: The USGS’ application of the CMB model has now been recreated (as the result of materials obtained via a Freedom of Information Act -FOIA- request), clearly revealing USGS misuse of the model. The USGS paper on its CMB model results must be retracted both because it is scientifically indefensible and because publication gives the appearance that use of the flawed model is approved by the USGS. In addition to the USGS web site, the RfC is also available here, and supporting Exhibits A through C here.