By Timothy Cama - 07/17/14 11:09 AM EDT
Eight GOP senators have introduced a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using undisclosed scientific studies to justify its regulations, joining House Republicans in the “secret science” accusation.
The EPA would be prohibited from using science that is not public in proposing, finalizing or disseminated rules under the bill, the sponsors said.
“For years, the EPA has based its rules and regulations on secret data that they refuse to publish and make available to all Americans,” he said. “If the administration wants to finally live up to its claim of being the ‘most transparent administration’ in U.S. history, they’ll immediately support our bill.”
A similar bill in the House, sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), passed the Science Committee last month.
Republicans have repeatedly charged the EPA with using “secret science,” and a group of senators led by Barrasso and Sen. David VitterDavid VitterFive reasons the Trump campaign is in deep trouble Obama: Louisiana flooding 'not a photo op issue’ Louisiana senator calls on FEMA to open recovery centers MORE (R-La.) made the accusation in an April letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyDem senator pushes EPA on asbestos regulations Feds make broadband push in coal country Chemical disasters: EPA plan would keep us in the dark MORE.
McCarthy responded shortly thereafter, shooting back at the charge in a speech.
“If EPA is being accused of 'secret science' because we rely on real scientists to conduct research, and independent scientists to peer review it, and scientists who’ve spent a lifetime studying the science to reproduce it — then so be it," McCarthy said in April.
She accused Republicans of using the “secret science” claim when they don’t agree with the EPA’s policies.