Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
July 17, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced the Chemical Assessment Improvement Act to ensure that potentially toxic substances are accurately identified and reported to the public. Most importantly, this bill eliminates the Environmental Protection Agency’s unauthorized and duplicative Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which has a track record of carrying out flawed chemical assessments using improper science. Congressman Biggs and Chairman Lamar Smith released the following statements:
“Over the past decade, IRIS has been repeatedly criticized by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office and the National Academy of Sciences for its lack of transparency and reliance on faulty research. My bill ensures that future chemical assessments will be carried out only when necessary, will be subject to proper oversight, and will rely on the best available scientific methods.” – Congressman Biggs
“Protecting the health of Americans is a serious responsibility and it must be done with fairness, transparency, and the best available science. This bill addresses serious deficiencies identified by the Committee with the chemical assessment process at EPA. It ensures that these assessments are conducted with rigorous scientific standards.” – Chairman Smith
Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.