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EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017

EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017

Topic: Environmental Protection Agency
Bill Description: his bill amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to revise the process of selecting members of the Science Advisory Board, guidelines for participation in board advisory activities, and terms of office. The board provides scientific advice to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This bill requires the board to independently provide that advice.

Among the revisions to requirements concerning the board's membership are the following:

a requirement to balance scientific and technical points of view; a set minimum level of representation from state, local, or tribal governments; allowance of affiliation with, or representation of, entities that may have a potential interest in the board's advisory activities; conflict of interest restrictions; restrictions on participation in advisory activities involving review of a member's work; a prohibition on appointment of registered lobbyists; and prohibitions on member receipt of current EPA grants or contracts.
Bill Number: H.R. 1431
Bill URL: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1431?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22science%22%5D%7D&r=1
Bill Status: Passed House
Alert Level: High
Recommended action: Call your senator