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H.R. 4012 (113th): Secret Science Reform Act of 2014


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 6, 2014 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4012

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2014

(for himself, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Hall, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Culberson, Mr. Bridenstine, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Olson, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Bucshon, Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Palazzo, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Mr. Salmon, and Mr. Franks of Arizona) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

A BILL

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

1.

Short title

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

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.

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