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ACC Welcomes House Passage of HONEST Act

Bill would increase transparency and public confidence in EPA’s scientific analyses

Jennifer Scott

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2017) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement welcoming passage of H.R. 1430, the "Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017" (or The HONEST Act) introduced by House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX).

“We are pleased the House today passed H.R. 1430, the HONEST Act; Chairman Smith is to be commended for his leadership and commitment to improve EPA science. It is critical that the regulated community and the public have confidence that decisions reached by EPA are grounded in transparent and reproducible science, while ensuring the protection of confidential business information and competitive intelligence. By ensuring that the EPA utilizes high quality science and shares underlying data used to reach decisions, the HONEST Act would foster a regulatory environment that will allow the U.S. business of chemistry to continue to develop safe, innovative products that Americans depend on in their everyday lives.

“We urge the Senate to take up the bill and are committed to working with Congress to advance legislation to increase transparency and strengthen public confidence in EPA’s scientific analyses and Agency decision making.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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