Secret Science Act Irks Some Scientists

Dec 1, 2014

Congress is considering two bills that deal with how the EPA uses science to base its policy decisions.   Those backing the bills say it addresses an increase transparency and accountability over the agency that has overstepped its bounds.

Critics of the EPA question the science the agency uses in making policy decisions on issues like water quality. But proponents say the proposed legislation making its way through congress undermines both science and environmental protection.

But critics call the bills a thinly veiled attempt to change the science the EPA uses to base its decisions.  They say the legislation undermines scientific integrity and opens the door for polluters to stop or slow the regulation process.

The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act (H.R. 1422)
The second bill, the Secret Science Reform Act (H.R. 4012)