[Esip-preserve] House Bill Prohibits EPA from Using Secret Science

Jeff de La Beaujardiere jeff.delabeaujardiere at noaa.gov
Sat Feb 8 13:59:45 EST 2014

Perhaps this will keep the EPA from approving permits for fracking, 
drilling for oil, and other environmental nastiness based on false 
claims that there will be no harm done.

-Jeff DLB

On 2014-02-08 12:39, Tilmes, Curt (GSFC-6190) wrote:
> http://science.house.gov/press-release/bill-prohibits-epa-using-secret-science
> Washington, D.C. – Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and
> Technology today introduced the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (H.R.
> 4012), a bill to prohibit the EPA from proposing regulations based upon
> science that is not transparent or not reproducible. The bill was
> introduced by Environment Subcommittee Chairman David Schweikert
> (R-Ariz.) and cosponsored by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas).
> Chairman Smith: “Virtually every regulation proposed by the Obama
> administration has been justified by nontransparent data and
> unverifiable claims. The American people foot the bill for EPA’s costly
> regulations, and they have a right to see the underlying science. Costly
> environmental regulations should be based on publicly available data so
> that independent scientists can verify the EPA’s claims. The Secret
> Science Reform Act of 2014, which I sponsored, prohibits EPA from using
> secret science to justify new regulations.”
> Chairman Schweikert: “The Secret Science Reform Act ends costly EPA
> rulemaking from happening behind closed doors and out of public view.
> Public policy should come from public data, not based on the whims of
> far-left environmental groups. For far too long, the EPA has approved
> regulations that have placed a crippling financial burden on economic
> growth in this country with no public evidence to justify their actions.
> This common-sense legislation forces the EPA to be transparent and
> accountable with their findings.”
> A 2013 poll from the Institute of Energy Research found that 90 percent
> of Americans agree that studies and data used to make federal government
> decisions should be made public. Provisions in the bill are consistent
> with the White House’s scientific integrity policy, the President’s
> Executive Order 13563, data access provisions of major scientific
> journals, the Bipartisan Policy Center and the recommendations of the
> Obama administration’s top science advisors.
> [...]

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