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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’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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