'This bill will eliminate the use of junk science at the EPA'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) issued the following statement after announcing his co-sponsorship of the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (H.R.4012), legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use public, reproducible science when proposing regulations:

“This bill will eliminate the use of junk science at the EPA, which frequently uses secret studies to justify regulations that fit their job-killing agenda. Not only does this practice result in a lack of transparency, it also leads to hundreds of thousands of jobs being killed across the country by unreasonable regulations. Additionally, hardworking taxpayers are left to pick up the tab for these expensive, and usually worthless, regulations. This bill simply requires the EPA to use scientific studies that are transparent and reproducible when justifying proposed regulations. Only in the federal bureaucracy do you have to legislate such commonsense requirements.”

The EPA regularly proposes regulations based on studies that are not transparent or reproducible. These regulations are often expensive and frequently destroy jobs. In August 2011, President Obama acknowledged in a letter to Speaker Boehner that four new proposed regulations from the EPA would each cost our economy at least a billion dollars annually. For example, the Regional Haze Regulation, part of the Clean Air Act, threatens 520 good-paying jobs in rural Arizona at the Navajo Generating Station (NGS). Besides being a critical employer to the area, NGS delivers more than 500 billion gallons of Colorado River water to more than 80 percent of Arizona’s population. Yet, most of the Clean Air Act regulations enacted under the Obama Administration - the very regulations that could close NGS - are justified based on nontransparent health data.

Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06), who serves as Chairman of the Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, introduced H.R.4012 to prohibit the EPA from proposing regulations based upon "secret science."   back...
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