CONGRESS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION ON EPA SCIENTIFIC TRANSPARENCY

House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Secret Science Reform Act, a bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from “proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.” The measure is similar to bipartisan House legislation passed in the 113th Congress.

“The Secret Science Reform Act would prohibit the EPA from using science they aren’t willing to make public. This bill works toward a more accountable government that the American people want and deserve,”

Smith said.

This legislation would require EPA to publish all science used as the underpinning of regulations, and prohibit any regulation that did not make its scientific data public. This bill showcases the congressional frustrations with many EPA regulations where the science has not been publically released, and therefore not available for review or discussion.

“NSSGA members are affected by so many of EPA’s regulations. It is only fair that the public, our industry, and the thousands of other businesses that fall under EPA jurisdiction have a chance to review the scientific data.”

said Pam Whitted, senior vice president of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs.

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