Call to OPPOSE HONEST Act (H.R. 1430)

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Call to OPPOSE
HONEST Act (H.R. 1430)
This bill amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating an action unless all underlying scientific and technical information is publically available in a manner sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results. Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21].
Proponents say:
· We need an “open and honest scientific process” at the EPA. “American taxpayers have often had to foot the bill for regulations and rules based on hidden science that has not been available for review by the public…This bill would prohibit any future regulations from taking effect unless the underlying scientific data is public”.
· This bill will help establish trust in the quality and integrity of the EPA’s work, and thus build public support for the agency.
Opponents say:
· This bill is a trojan horse: it will strangle the EPA in costly bureaucracy and sever it from much of the scientific evidence it relies on; the result will be “worse science at EPA and less public health protections for American citizens”.
· The underlying intention is to dismantle the EPA through an attack on the way the EPA administers laws because of vested corporate interests (Rep. Smith’s largest campaign contributors are oil and gas companies). A direct attack on the EPA, which enforces laws with bipartisan support, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, would be unpopular.