Congressman Doug Lamborn issued the following statement after his votes in favor of H.R. 1430, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act and H.R. 1431, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act:
"If the EPA is going to be implementing rules and policies that have a monumental impact on our economic future, then it is essential that they are conducting these studies in the most transparent way possible. The bills I supported this week ensure that the EPA will be open with the public regarding the scientific data, studies, and information they use during the rulemaking process. By having the public more involved every step of the way; the EPA will be more accountable to the American people."
- Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
More Information (Courtesy of the House Majority Whip)
H.R. 1430 - Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act
H.R. 1430 (Chairman Lamar Smith) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be transparent with the scientific data and information used to issue new regulations.
- The EPA did not release data or other technical information required to replicate analyses that were the basis for costly regulations.
- H.R. 1430 requires the EPA to base its regulations on the best available science that is publicly available.
- This allows outside researchers to independently reproduce and validate EPA decisions.
- The bill also protects confidential and personal identifiable information from disclosure.
- 114th Congress: Similar legislation passed by a vote of 241-175 on March 18, 2015.
- Committee Action: H.R. 1430 passed the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology by a vote of 17-2.
H.R. 1431 - EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act
H.R. 1431 (Rep. Lucas) reforms the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) to increase public participation, transparency, and independence of the Board.
- The SAB reviews the science the EPA uses to propose new regulations and advises the agency on broad scientific matters.
- H.R. 1431 reforms the SAB by increasing transparency and public participation by making public all reports and scientific advice of the Board, as well as requiring public information-gathering sessions.
- Changes the selection process for the SAB to ensure individuals with substantial and relevant experience serve as advisors on the board and disclose conflicts of interest.
- Requires the Board to include state, local, and tribal experts.
- The legislation ensures the SAB provides independent advice, publishes dissenting views, and reinforces the peer review process.
- 114th Congress: Similar legislation, H.R. 1029, passed by a vote of 236-181 on March 17, 2015.
- Committee Action: H.R. 1431 passed the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology by a vote of 19-14.