Nov 18, 2014

Reforming the EPA for a More Competent Government

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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1422, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act:

“The EPA relies on the Science Advisory Board (SAB) to review the scientific foundation of the EPA’s regulatory decisions and offer advice on scientific matters. Unfortunately, the SAB lacks much-needed transparency, which has allowed for the growth of bias in what is supposed to be a neutral process. The board has silenced voices of dissent, limited public participation in its decisions, and shown a potential conflict of interest with over half of the SAB members having taken grant money from the EPA, an agency they are supposed to provide impartial analysis to. 

“The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, sponsored by Representative Chris Stewart (UT-02), shines the light of transparency on the SAB by reinforcing peer review requirements, strengthening public participation, and in general demanding a more transparent open process. In order to have a limited, competent, and accountable government, we must first have a transparent government.”