Proposed Bill would Weaken the EPA and put Public Safety at Risk
H.R. 4012, or the “Secret Science Reform Act”, is an attempt to weaken the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Introduced by Arizona’s own David Schweikert (R-AZ), the bill would prohibit the EPA from using scientific studies to form regulations if the data from those studies is not “publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results.” The American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society warn that H.R. 4012 would force the EPA “to either ignore the best science by prohibiting the agency from considering peer-reviewed research that is based on confidential patient information or force EPA to publicly release confidential patient information, which would violate federal law.”
If passed, this bill will have far-reaching implications for public health and safety. The American Association for Justice voiced its opposition to the bill in this letter to House Speaker Pelosi and House Whip Steny Hoyer.
If you object to attempts to weaken the EPA, please call your Congressional representative and ask them to oppose H.R. 4012.