Monday, April 03, 2017

The Honest Act

Saturday I posted Farm Bureau applauds settlement of personal info case concerning the settlement to prevent EPA from releasing the personal information of ag producers. About that post Anonymous commented:

 This is the same EPA that was whining 4 days ago about H.R. 1430 "The Honest Act" stating it would compromise the personal data of their sources if they reveal the sources of their "science" behind their regulations. I wish I was in that room at the time to remind the Dems that it was the EPA who was compromising farmers and ranchers.

I wish one of the Reps. would have used that little reminder to throw back in their face right there on T.V. during the debate of H.R. 1430
 The Honest Act should be of interest to everyone. Here is the CRS summary of the bill:

This bill amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such action is the best available science, specifically identified, and publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results. A covered action includes a risk, exposure, or hazard assessment, criteria document, standard, limitation, regulation, regulatory impact analysis, or guidance. Personally identifiable information, trade secrets, or commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential must be redacted prior to public availability.
H.R. 1430 passed the House on 3/29 and is now pending in the Senate. You can read the text of the bill here


Anonymous said...

Thank you Frank for posting my comment on the EPA's hypocrisy.

It was frustrating watching that debate when the Republicans missed the opportunity to really make the Dems & the EPA look like the hypocrites that they are.

This is just one of many examples of the double talk that goes on in the government & the media that supports them. They need to be called out on it, especially when on a platform that reaches a mainstream audience.

It'll behoove our politicians, when on that platform, to point out more often the hypocrisy of the enviro's atrcocities dealt upon the farmers & ranchers.

Think of how many more states would have voted for Trump if the stories about the Hammonds, Hages, Finicums & Bundys were common knowledge amonst the general public.

Floyd said...

This is encouraging and hopefully will set the stage for a similar bill to control the US Dept of Interior agencies --- especially the US Fish and Wildlife Service regulations under the Endangered Species Act.

I'm not very optimistic though because in about the year 2000, Congress passed the Data Quality Act and soon after that the Data Access Act and neither have been enforced to any substantial degree.

What might help is a penalty clause built right into the law. It would change the behavior of agency employees if they saw their peers go to jail when they ignore the requirements for "the best available scientific data".