WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski threw her support behind two bills that will increase the transparency of scientific data used to issue environmental regulations.
Deemed the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act and EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, Walorski hopes to open up the process that the Environmental Protection Agency takes before establishing new regulations.
The HONEST Act would ensure EPA regulations are based on the best, publicly available science and enable scientist to review and validate the EPA's decisions.
The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act would reform the Science Advisory Board, which reviews the science the EPA uses in developing new regulations. The bill would increase transparency and public participation by making public all reports and scientific advice of the board and ensuring the board includes state and local experts.
“The EPA has gone far beyond its role of keeping our air and water clean, and it’s time to rein in an agency that many Hoosier small business owners and farmers feel is actively working against them,” Walorski said. “Requiring regulations to be based on publicly available science and reforming the Science Advisory Board will improve transparency, allow independent evaluation of the scientific data the EPA uses, and allow more public input on the impact of EPA regulations.”
Both bills passed the House this week. They now head to the Senate.
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