Walorski Votes to Restore Transparency to EPA

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Walorski Votes to Restore Transparency to EPA

HONEST Act (H.R. 1430) Requires EPA to Publish Science Related to Regulations

EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act (H.R. 1431) Increases Public Participation in Process

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) this week voted for two bills to restore transparency to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by requiring the agency to publish scientific studies used in the regulatory process and reforming the EPA’s Science Advisory Board.

“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,” Congresswoman 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.”

BACKGROUND

The Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act (H.R. 1430) would require transparency with regard to scientific data and research used to issue regulations. The bill would ensure EPA regulations are based on the best publicly available science and enable independent scientists to review and validate the EPA’s decisions. H.R. 1430 on Wednesday passed the House by a vote of 228 to 194.

The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act (H.R. 1431) 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. H.R. 1431 today passed the House by a vote of 229 to 193.

President Trump earlier this week signed an executive order to undo costly Obama administration regulations on domestic energy production.

Congress this year has taken action to roll back burdensome regulations and rein in the out-of-control federal bureaucracy. The House has voted to overturn more than a dozen regulations using resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act. President Trump has signed several into law, including resolutions overturning two Obama administration regulations on domestic energy production.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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