This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act in an effort to improve the EPA's oversight process. Established in 1978, the Science Advisory Board (SAB) is critical in reviewing the scientific foundation for the EPA's regulatory decisions.
"The scientific reasoning used by the EPA should be objective and transparent," said U.S. Representative Will Hurd from the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. "EPA regulations significantly impact many industries, including agriculture and the energy sector in my district. Increasing public oversight of the regulatory process and enabling local and federal cooperation will help make sure that EPA rules are based on sound science and not political objectives."
The House also voted to pass the Secret Science Reform Act, a bill which prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.
"When it comes to influencing our nation's laws, the EPA's scientific studies should be transparent, accessible, and undisputed. Anything less puts undue burdens on our employers and inhibits much-needed growth in our local economy," Hurd concluded.