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WASHINGTON (April 11, 2013) – The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology today approved H.R.1422, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013, introduced by Environment Subcommittee Chairman Chris Stewart (R-Utah). The bill makes changes to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to enhance public participation, improve the process for selecting expert advisors, expand transparency requirements and limit non-scientific policy advice.
The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement in response:
“We commend Subcommittee Chairman Stewart and his fellow committee members for their leadership on reforms that will improve scientific integrity of EPA’s advisory panels. We support the passage of H.R. 1422 that will help strengthen policies to address conflicts of interest, whether they arise from investment, employment, contracts or grants. We also support the improvements the bill will make to ensure engagement of a wide range of perspectives of qualified scientific experts in EPA’s scientific peer review panels. The legislation will improve how panels are formed, hold peer review panels accountable in responding to public comment and ensure that legitimate scientific concerns are transparently addressed. ACC and our members are committed to working with the Committee on this important issue and urge Congress to pursue these much-needed common sense reforms.”