Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act - H.R.1430 / S.1794

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Overview
Purpose: 
"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."
Primary sponsors: 
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) / Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Latest major action: 
S.1794 introduced, Sept. 12, 2017
Committee Reports: 
Summary of provisions
  • Stipulates that new Environmental Protection Agency regulations must be based on the "best available science"
  • Stipulates that EPA regulations must be based on "scientific and technical information" that is "publicly available online in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results"
  • Specifies that "scientific and technical information" comprises materials, data, protocols, computer codes and models, recorded factual materials, and descriptions of how such information can be accessed and used
  • Stipulates that personally identifiable information, trade secrets, and other sensitive information should be redacted prior to research being made public
  • Specifies that no standing regulations should be repealed, reissued, or modified as a result of the enactment of the bill
Actions
Actions on the House bill: 
House passed bill on a vote of 228 to 194
March 29, 2017
Bill introduced
March 8, 2017
Actions on the Senate bill: 
Bill introduced
Sept. 12, 2017