Secret Science Reform Act of 2014

Secret Science Reform Act of 2014

 

On the 16th of July, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming introduced the “Secret Science Reform Act of 2014”. This bill has 7 co-sponsors, which are listed below. This bill will prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.

Mr. VITTER, Mr. ENZI, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. RISCH, Mr. FLAKE, Mrs. FISCHER, and Mr. CRAPO

 

S. 2613

To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.

A BILL

 

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Secret Science Reform Act of 2014′.

 

SEC. 2. DATA TRANSPARENCY.

Section 6(b) of the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 (42 U.S.C. 4363 note) is amended to read as follows:

`(b)(1) 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–

`(A) specifically identified; and

`(B) publicly available in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results.

`(2) Nothing in the subsection shall be construed as requiring the public dissemination of information the disclosure of which is prohibited by law.

`(3) In this subsection–

`(A) the term `covered action’ means a risk, exposure, or hazard assessment, criteria document, standard, limitation, regulation, regulatory impact analysis, or guidance; and

`(B) the term `scientific and technical information’ includes–

`(i) materials, data, and associated protocols necessary to understand, assess, and extend conclusions;

`(ii) computer codes and models involved in the creation and analysis of such information;

`(iii) recorded factual materials; and

`(iv) detailed descriptions of how to access and use such information.’.

 

 

42 USC §4363 Continuing and long-term environmental research and development

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall establish a separately identified program of continuing, long-term environmental research and development for each activity listed in section 2(a) of this Act. Unless otherwise specified by law, at least 15 per centum of funds appropriated to the Administrator for environmental research and development for each activity listed in section 2(a) of this Act shall be obligated and expended for such long-term environmental research and development under this section.

 

Section 2(a) of the “Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1981” activities:

Under the Clean Air Act

  • o   Health and Ecological Effects program, $45,243,000
  • o   Industrial Processes program, $4,099,000
  • o   Monitoring and Technical Support program, $20,825,000

Under the Clean Water Act

  • o   Health and Ecological Effects program, $23,884,000
  • o   Industrial Processes program, $13,737,000
  • o   Public Sector Activities, $14,300,000
  • o   Monitoring and Technical Support program, $12,101,000

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act

  • o   Health and Ecological Effects program, $12,359,000
  • o   Industrial Processes program, $14,080,000
  • o   Monitoring and Technical Support program, $1,008,000

Under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, $26,446,000

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

  • o   Health and Ecological Effects program, $5,970,000
  • o   Industrial Processes program, $2,900,000
  • o   Monitoring and Technical Support program, $565,000

Under the Public Health Service Act

  • o   Health and Ecological Effects program, $2,990,000
  • o   Monitoring and Technical Support program, $191,000

For Interdisciplinary activities

  • o   Health and Ecological Effects program, $5,232,000
  • o   Monitoring and Technical Support program, $2,868,000
  • o   Anticipatory Research program, $14,745,000

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act

  • o   Health and Ecological Effects program, $31,876,000
  • o   Industrial Processes program, $1,772,000
  • o   Monitoring and Technical Support program, $3,247,000

For Energy activities

  • o   Health and Ecological Effects program, $50,096,000
  • o   Energy Control program, $57,503,000