Senate Bill Demands EPA Stick to Regulations Based on REAL Science

(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) A bill introduced in the Senate on Tuesday seeks to dial back the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to enact regulations without reputable science behind them.

Mike Rounds/PHOTO: Facebook

The “Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017,” otherwise known as the HONEST Act, prevents EPA from using disreputable scientific studies by holding it to increased accountability.

Studies used for regulations would have to be referenced specifically and released, while protecting sensitive information such as trade secrets and confidential information from public disclosure.

According to the text of the Bill, the purpose is “to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.”

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Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee, introduced the bill to combat questionable studies which lead to policies that hurt the economy.

“The EPA has a long history of using questionable and secretive science to justify its actions, often leading to burdensome new regulations that hurt businesses and destroy jobs,” Rounds said in a press release Tuesday.

“When a regulation is implemented, the agency should be able to justify it publicly so we all have a chance to understand its impact. Sound, reliable science is vital to helping us make important policy decisions that impact the health of American families and their livelihoods,” Rounds added. “The HONEST Act would hold the EPA accountable for its decisions and bring an additional layer of transparency and accountability to the regulatory process.”

The Act lists particular guidelines for the scientific studies that affect the regulations of the agency.

“The Administrator shall not propose, finalize, or disseminate a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such covered action is the best available science; specifically identified; and publicly available online in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results, except that any personally identifiable information, trade secrets, or commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential, shall be redacted prior to public availability.”

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Similar legislation was introduced to the House of Representatives earlier this year by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

“Because American taxpayers foot the bill for EPA regulations, they have a right to see the data that justifies EPA decisions,” Smith said. “The HONEST Act requires EPA to base new regulations on sound, publicly available science, which will allow EPA’s data to be independently reviewed.”

Some, however, disagree with the logic behind the limitations that the bill places on the agency. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), a ranking member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, stood against the measure earlier this year.

“Under the current legislation, the EPA would have to publicly distribute any scientific data relied upon for a covered action. EPA could withhold from public distribution items containing trade secrets or personal information,” Rep. Johnson said. “However, under this bill anyone could then access this sensitive data after signing a confidentiality agreement with the EPA.”

“Since the EPA is not authorized to issue confidentiality agreements for third party researchers, this legislation would have the same effect as the Secret Science Reform Act: limiting the ability of the EPA to use the best science,” she said.

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  • Harry Pearson

    This bill will never pass simply because it is a start to having accountability in our government. Those two terms are diametrically opposed. For certain, every Dem will vote NO on it since they don’t want honesty and openness to have any place in government, and most Rep’s will join them. And with Mitchell and Ryan as the “leaders” of our Congress, neither of them would allow such a bill to advance.

    • Yarbles

      Yeah, but you have to put forth these things to publicize the real do-nothings and criminals.

      Probably won’t make it out of committee.

      I mean after all, is Hillary in jail yet?

      • David Carpenter

        You make very valid points in your post.

    • hermio

      sadly, you might be right.

    • Aunt Nonnie S

      Probably not, and even if they did McCain would vote with the rest of the Progressives.

  • Ron haymaker

    REAL SCIENCE—The two words that Al Gore hates the most!

    • The war has been waged

      Al gore what a joke.

  • RedRiverD

    WOW, common sense policy, now that’s a switch. Its about time.

  • iprazhm

    What a difference a new president makes when it comes to truth and fabrication.

    • Werp


    • backtofront

      Indeed! His strength emboldens others who have been frustrated in their attempts, knowing that the Dems. and their own weak/corrupt leaders would not support them.

  • therealworld

    Finally a way to Prove what we are being told. There is way too much secrecy in the Government. Our Taxes pay for these Studies and Conclusion’s so we have a right to the Fact’s.

  • therealworld

    If were starting some Common Sense Bills, how about finding out who makes those “50 Thousand Dollar Toilet Seats” our military buy’s and Return them ALL.

  • brian

    My daddy says you democrats are full of krap
    No, he believes in Climate Change and Global Warming
    He just says you democrats are full of krap and that’s why you’re losing all the elections

  • Mitch A

    Any resistance to this Bill by democrats will simply highlight the hypocrisy of the left. They love science when they can bend it so s to appear it supports their position. When it undercuts their political position then pretend science of the Bill Nye persuasion gets the nod.

  • Gregg Parker

    Before anyone cheers just know it will die in committee and it amounts to congressional click bait name recognition… The RINOs will see it goes no where. Not going to happen until the new congress convenes, then we’ll see…

    • OttoZeit

      Hmm — maybe it could be done by Executive Order

      • Gregg Parker

        Good point… the media would go bezerk… I like it…

        • The war has been waged

          No more than if he suggested executive might as well just do it by executive order.

    • The war has been waged

      Vote out the opposition to MAGA.

  • rennyangel2

    What an unusual and rational idea. There’s 1 for the GOP, which is not hitting too many runs to first base.

    • libsrtheh8ters

      A much better one would be taking legislative powers away from unelected, unaccountable federal agencies since it is unconstitutional for them to have them. CONGRESS REJECTED cap & trade legislation so the EPA started enacting it through regulation.

      • rennyangel2

        Ah, but that is Cong.’s kicker. It creates the law, but the agencies and bureaus “implement” the law through rules and regs–that’s the Federal Register to which they add 1000s of pgs. a yr. I think under Clinton, he added 50,000 pgs.

  • Hillary the Cankled Liar

    The evidence for global cooling consensus-Most cited is a 1975 Newsweek article The Cooling World that suggested cooling “may portend a drastic decline for food production”:
    “Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend… But they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.”

    A 1974 Times Magazine article Another Ice Age? painted a similarly bleak picture: “When meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe, they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.”

    The Green Weenies of Kalaphornia make us put smog control control on lawn mowers then ignore arson caused wild fires and…… “The environmental impact of aviation occurs because aircraft engines emit heat, noise, particulates and gases which contribute to climate change, and global dimming. Among others, airplanes emit particles and gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and black carbon which interact among themselves and with the atmosphere. 1 air mile. On average, a plane produces a little over 53 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per mile.”

    A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels by ice.

  • old_salty_dawg99

    About time

  • old_salty_dawg99

    I should also say about time now that we have that MORON Obozo out of the White House. I hope Trump made them fumigate the place so he is not INFECTED by Obozo’s STUPIDITY.

    • The war has been waged

      Obviously there are too many Obama holdovers.

  • Daniel D. Moore

    Look out folks the World is going to End…As the Great Comedian George Carlin once Said…(If Honesty was suddenly injected into Politics the whole System would collapse)

  • I despise the EPA with a passion, not so much about this issue but their constant digging up crap outside the original scope of their job.

    • nocbsfan

      Are they digging up moose bones ?

      • They are too busy with belching cows.

        • nocbsfan

          Gonna have to wait a long time for belching cows to turn to bones

          • Don’t give the EPA any more ideas.

          • nocbsfan

            Mr. Branson, gonna have to agree with you on this one.

          • Good grief! I can’t seem to get any arguments out of you. But I’ll keep trying. No coment yet on my bear story?

          • nocbsfan

            ????? No bears that I know of ?????

        • Kbuzz

          Recognizing that cow farts and belches were contributing mightily to climate change, California believed that passing a Bill to punish Dairy farms for not controling this issue would help – BIll them for it.
          Its a start. Now all we have to do is design a bag that fits at both ends to collect all that gas, and mandate it for each cow. This is called good Government…….

          • Kbuzz,

            Some of this stuff gets to be overwhelmingly stupid. The bags would have to be tight, creating a huge chance the cow will not survive. Back in the 1800’s cattle were moved from place to place constantly. No environmental issues occurred over cows belching back then. Today, cattle are kept in more confine paces ion fewer numbers than back then. So, cows are less involved in passing gasses that are “harmful than they used to be. This makes no sense to me.

          • Kbuzz

            No, no, you missed the point. The bag is for the Politicians…of course I am being sarcastic…but it is wishful thinking.

          • Kbuzz,

            Trying to attach a bag to a windbag is not easily done. The response might be too weak and watered down. I had two responses ready. Now you have both of them.

    • The war has been waged

      They are activists who thrive on mission creep.

      • The war has been waged,

        The EPA is a tragic warning of an old work scheme to expand involvement into new areas. It is called, empire building. The idea is to make oneself more effective by expanding into uncharted waters for gain in control.

  • LLuke47

    Imagine that, liberals favorite gov’t agency having to stick to facts

  • CCblogging

    I got a better idea. Dismantle the EPA and make it’s jack booted employees get a real job!

  • Sherry Pennington

    Yes….this needs to be made law. Real Science is needed.

  • Diane Hovinga

    Good, now maybe puddles on farms will no longer be a target for the EPA to prevent the land from being farmed and irrigation ditches will no longer be considered as “waterways”!

  • DeadToad

    This circus has been going on for years. They keep asking the EPA to prove it and the EPA says it can’t . There’s always a bunch of smoke but nothing ever gets resolved. This reminds me of when Congress was trying to determine whether or not tobacco was a safe product. I believe that debate took decades to resolve.

    • libsrtheh8ters

      The tobacco “debate” was backed by HARD SCIENCE/PROVABLE SCIENCE. The climate SCAM has ZERO HARD SCIENCE to support its ridiculous claims of man made global warming. They changed it to climate change after there was ZERO WARMING in over 20 years, the polar ice caps did not disappear, CA was not under water by 2015 & the polar bears did not become extinct. OOPS.

      • DeadToad

        I was talking about a senate investigation years ago relating to the EPA’s claims of air pollution in cities and whether or not their actions were actually effective in stopping the pollution. The EPA had no evidence to support their claim. As for global warming I guess no one really remembers there was an ice sheet a mile thick over New York City 15000 years ago. It has completely melted long before our first combustion engine was even invented. The globe is warming by itself whatever effect we have is irrelevant as a globe will reach those temperatures anyway. It gets warm enough on this planet to grow ten-ton dinosaurs. I think the message should be prepare as a globe may do this again.

  • libsrtheh8ters

    I have an idea, GET RID OF THE EPA which is nothing more than a leftist PROPAGANDA machine aimed at making politicians & their leftist billionaires pimps even more rich. Global warming has been the biggest political boondoggle in history. I mean how great is it to STEAL BILLIONS in TAXPAYER CASH on the promise of saving the planet from weather? Man actually CAN’T change weather but brainwashing people into believing they can sure is a great way to take their money without any blowback. UNACCOUNTABLE, UNELECTED agency heads should NEVER have the power to enact regulations that are enforced as law. CONGRESS is the legislative branch, it is their job to pass laws, not federal agencies.

  • Al Chemist

    It is complete nonsense to say that CO2 at 500 ppm or below can cause a significant rise in temperature. If those so-called scientists could prove conclusively that CO2 (and CO2 alone) causes a significant rise in the global temperature, they would publish the data. There is no such conclusive data. The fact that there is a correlation of A with B or B with A does not mean that A causes B or that B causes A. You must first eliminate all other possibilities, for example, the increase in radiation from the sun…and that has not been done. In fact, that so-called correlation that all those on the left promote looks more like a scatter diagram than any possible correlation. Of course, that has not prevented the bureaucrats at the EPA from hindering American industry with a bunch of unnecessary regulations, and fining then to expand the coffers of an already oversized government.

  • Louie Rey

    The problem here is that if this new law posits a certain position you know that the climate extremists will come up with someone who’ll dispute it. And the next thing you know it’s like a court case when it was he said but then she said and back and forth and so on. There’s never any consensus anymore.

  • Sueja

    Pass this bill. People are not allowed to use their land because a bug two states over may someday perhaps migrate two states away and could live in the area of this citizens land. Are you kidding me? This is for real. Control the epa.

  • Aunt Nonnie S

    It’s about time!! Climate is simply weather and recurs every 30 to 40 years!!

  • OldSilk

    A funny thing happened to the liberals while they were on their way to controlling the water and food supplies.

  • John

    Good hope Bill Nye the tv guy can find something else to do.

  • Liberty

    If it can’t be dishonest, how can it fabricate more fascist regulations? With nothing to do, the EPA has no purpose. With no purpose, we don’t need the EPA. Now for the IRS.