H. R. 2850
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 30, 2013
Mr. Smith of Texas (for himself, Mr. Stewart, and Mrs. Lummis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
To require certain procedures in the conduct by the Environmental Protection Agency of its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.
This Act may be cited as the
EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study
EPA hydraulic fracturing research
In conducting its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, with respect to which a request for information was issued under Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 218, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall adhere to the following requirements:
Peer review and information quality
Prior to issuance and dissemination of any final report or any interim report summarizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s research on the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water, the Administrator shall—
consider such reports to be Highly Influential Scientific Assessments and require peer review of such reports in accordance with guidelines governing such assessments, as described in—
the Environmental Protection Agency’s Peer Review Handbook 3rd Edition;
the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy, as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act; and
the Office of Management and Budget’s Peer Review Bulletin, as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act; and
require such reports to meet the standards and procedures for the dissemination of influential scientific, financial, or statistical information set forth in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by the Environmental Protection Agency, developed in response to guidelines issued by the Office of Management and Budget under section 515(a) of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 ( Public Law 106–554 ).
Probability, uncertainty, and consequence
In order to maximize the quality and utility of information developed through the study, the Administrator shall ensure that identification of the possible impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources included in such reports be accompanied by objective estimates of the probability, uncertainty, and consequence of each identified impact, taking into account the risk management practices of States and industry. Estimates or descriptions of probability, uncertainty, and consequence shall be as quantitative as possible given the validity, accuracy, precision, and other quality attributes of the underlying data and analyses, but no more quantitative than the data and analyses can support.