Buck Votes to Increase Transparency at the EPA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katherine Rosario, 202-226-8414
Washington â€“ The House voted 241 to 175 pass H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act, which requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make public for review the scientific data used in the agency's regulatory and rule-making process. The House also voted to pass H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015, which expands public participation, transparency, and fairness in the EPA's Science Advisory Board. Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) released the following statement:
â€œThe Environmental Protection Agency has earned a reputation as a rogue agency that is unaccountable to the people. Today, I joined many other members of the House in restoring the accountability and transparency that the American people deserve from this agency. The EPAâ€™s invasive rules directly impact American familiesâ€™ finances, choices, and businesses. The EPA claims its regulations are based on sound scientific data, which means they should have nothing to hide. The data they use should be made available for peer review and scrutiny, and the American people should be allowed to live their lives without expensive and excessive regulations based on faulty science.â€
In 1978, Congress created the EPA Science Advisory Board to provide independent scientific advice to the Administration. The Science Advisory Board has silenced voices of dissent, limited public participation in its decisions, and has shown a potential conflict of interests.
Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He serves on the OGR Subcommittees on Government Operations and the Interior and is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.