A bipartisan pair of Senators recently introduced legislation that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scientific review panels. “The EPA Science Advisory Reform Act” is sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Boozman (R-AR).

The bill would allow some industry-affiliated members on the Science Advisory Board (SAB) panels. The SAB panels are responsible for providing scientific assessments that justify EPA regulations. This has raised concerns by some environmental groups that these members could weigh in on regulations on which they have an interest. Others counter that an industry perspective has been lacking from the panels.

The bill would also make the scientific review panels more transparent. A list of nominees to serve on the panels would be publicly released and nominees would have to submit a public disclosure report. If enacted, the legislation would also provide more opportunities for public hearings and input.

Similar legislation passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee last spring.

 


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