WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to strengthen the transparency of the agency’s regulatory science. The proposed rule will ensure that the regulatory science underlying agency actions is fully transparent, and that underlying scientific information is publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.
“As a doctor, I know the most reliable research is thoroughly tested, publicly available, and reproducible,” said Barrasso. “The action the EPA has taken will give Americans access to the science and data used to justify regulations that impact both our economy and our environment.”
During the 114th Congress, Barrasso introduced S. 544, the Secret Science Reform Act. The bill would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or not reproducible. Barrasso also introduced similar legislation in the 113th Congress.