McMorris Rodgers: Requiring Scientific Transparency from the Start

Mar 18, 2015 | Communications •

“For the EPA to operate as effectively and fairly as possible, transparency must be enforced from the beginning of the regulatory process. Today I voted for a solution that requires all EPA research be peer reviewed, available for independent scientists, and open to the public.”

WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015, which requires research used by the EPA to be made public in order to validate environmental regulations.

“EPA regulations have a tremendous impact on American families and small businesses around the country — and are often costly and complicated. Yet too often, research used to create these regulations is unavailable to the public, making the data understandably questionable. For the EPA to operate as effectively and fairly as possible, transparency must be enforced from the beginning of the regulatory process. Today I voted for a solution that requires all EPA research be peer reviewed, available for independent scientists, and open to the public. I thank Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) for his work on the Secret Science Reform Act, and his continued pursuit of transparency within the EPA.”