On March 8, 2017, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) proposed an act that could significantly affect the consideration of science by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The act is H.R. 1430, also known as the Honest Act. Although the scientific community has long advocated sound and effective approaches to the consideration of science by policy makers, it has also raised concerns about this particular approach of limiting EPA’s regulatory actions to only considering research for which the underlying data is publicly available. This article provides a brief explanation of the Honest Act and similar EPA actions, concerns raised by the scientific community, and some surmises about the future of science at EPA.
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