White House threatens to veto EPA related bills

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Posted: Nov 17, 2014 8:09 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is issuing veto threats against House Republican legislation that places new reporting requirements on the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House says the measures could delay or prevent environmental decisions.

The veto threats target three bills. One would require the EPA to disclose scientific data behind proposed regulations. The White House says some data is not released to protect the privacy of test subjects or confidential business information.

Another bill aims to reduce permit delays by requiring the EPA to update regulations whenever it revises air quality standards. The White House says that could create premature regulations without input from states.

A third bill would place restrictions on the EPA's Science Advisory Board that the White House says would hurt its ability to advise the agency.