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

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 12, 2014 (Reported by House Committee).


Union Calendar No. 460


2d Session

H. R. 4012

[Report No. 113–619]


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

November 12, 2014

Additional sponsors: Mr. Gosar, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Mullin, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Griffith of Virginia, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Nunnelee, Mr. Fincher, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Kelly of Pennsylvania, Mr. McHenry, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Meadows, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Schock, Mrs. Hartzler, Mr. Kline, Mr. Flores, Mr. Barton, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Bentivolio, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Massie, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Collins of Georgia, Mr. Rooney, Mr. Cotton, and Mr. Aderholt

November 12, 2014

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


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


Short title

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


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:


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—


specifically identified; and


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


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


In this subsection—


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


the term scientific and technical information includes—


materials, data, and associated protocols necessary to understand, assess, and extend conclusions;


computer codes and models involved in the creation and analysis of such information;


recorded factual materials; and


detailed descriptions of how to access and use such information.


November 12, 2014

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed