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ACC Welcomes House Passage of HONEST Act

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 business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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