A Quick Request from the IB Science & Environment Team
BREAKING: unfortunately, HR 1430, the Honest Act, has just passed the House. We will let you know when it comes up in the Senate so you can call Senators Feinstein and Harris!
There is still time to call your representative about HR 1431, the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017”.
Ask your representative to oppose HR 1431 - an attack on scientific integrity and environmental protections!
Protect the EPA's ability to use the best possible science (and scientists!) to defend our health and safety!
- CA13, Barbara Lee: (510) 763-0370, (202) 225-2661, or email
- CA11, Mark DeSaulnier: (510) 620-1000, (202) 225-2095, or email
- find your representative
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I strongly oppose HR 1431. This bill undermines the ability of the EPA to use the best available science in their decision making and put public health and the environment at risk. The bills allow for increased influence of private corporations over important decisions that should be left to independent experts using the best available scientific data.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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HR 1430, the “Honest Act" (read about it on GovTrack) would preclude EPA from using important and legitimate scientific evidence in developing regulations to protect public health and the environment. It would effectively tie EPA’s hands and result in “worse science at EPA and less public health protections for American citizens,” says Eddie Bernice Johnson, ranking Democrat member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that a previous iteration of the HONEST Act would take $250 million a year to enforce.
HR 1431, the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017” (read about it on GovTrack) would allow more corporate influence in EPA science by weakening conflict-of-interest protections for members of its Science Advisory Board. The result is more of a stakeholder group than and an expert science panel. Further, scientists who hold an EPA grant - which isn’t truly a conflict of interest – would be ineligible for Board membership, while industry representatives with actual conflicts of interests can join as long as they disclose. The Act would “have a chilling effect on attracting the best and highly productive scientists,” says Peter Thorne from the University of Iowa, who currently chairs the Board.
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