"The House Just Passed Two Bills That Would Stifle Science at the EPA"

"Republicans are using the language of science reformers to obstruct the EPA."

"House Republicans just passed two bills that will make it harder for the Environmental Protection Agency to use scientific research to protect health and the environment. And they’ve done so under the deceptive guise of 'transparency.'

Over the past two days, the House has passed the “HONEST Act” and the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act.” On the surface, they seem noble. They use the same language scientists use when advocating for stronger research practices.

But they’re 'wolf in sheep’s clothing types of statutes,' says Sarah Lamdan, a law professor who studies environmental information access at CUNY. 'What’s really happening is that they’re preventing the EPA from doing its job.'"

Brian Resnick reports for Vox March 30, 2017.


"House Votes to Restrict EPA's Use of Scientific Studies" (US News & World Report)

"House Votes To Limit EPA to Science Based On 'Public Data'" (FuelFix)

"House Approves EPA Science Committee Overhaul" (The Hill)

Release: "House Bills Would Undermine Science, Cripple Public Health and Safety Protections" (Union of Concerned Scientists)

"House Republicans Launch a New Assault on the EPA" (The Intercept)

Source: Vox, 03/31/2017