Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large

CRAMER: HONEST Act Requires Greater Transparency in the EPA Regulatory Process

Mar 29, 2017
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer supported legislation passed by the House of Representatives today requiring greater transparency in scientific research used in developing regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

H.R. 1430, The Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act of 2017, requires the EPA to base its regulations on science available to scientists and the public. It gives independent scientists a fair chance to validate the studies EPA uses to make new regulations by applying the basic tenets of the scientific method requiring transparency and reproducibility.   

“Science is crucial to the very foundation of determining whether a regulation is even necessary,” said Cramer, “and costly federal regulations should only be based on data available to scientists and the public.”

Cramer said despite rhetoric favoring transparency, scientific data behind numerous EPA rules issued by the Obama Administration were never made public. “This bill brings transparency back to this process and encourages independent review and analysis.”

He said a recent poll from the Institute of Energy Research found 90 percent of Americans agree studies and data used to make federal government decisions should be public.

Highlights of the HONEST Act include:

• It protects personal and confidential information. Specific provisions of the bill require that personal and confidential information be redacted and available only when confidentiality agreements are signed with the EPA Administrator.

• It promotes a common-sense approach to regulatory science consistent with data access requirements of major scientific journals and the promises of this Administration.

• It is not retroactive. Nothing in this bill requires EPA to repeal, reissue, or modify any existing regulation.

The HONEST Act has strong support from the scientific and business communities, including more than 80 scientists. This includes Ivy League professors, two former chairs of EPA science committees, medical doctors, statisticians, deans of major universities, and environmental scientists. It is also supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau, the National Association of Manufacturers, and a large group of national trade associations.