We depend on EPA to give the American people the information they need to avoid health risks from dangerous chemicals.

But under the Bush Administration, the Office of Management and Budget was allowed to secretly exert influence over EPA’s assessment process for toxins.  The Government Accountability Office said that was "inconsistent with the principle of sound science that relies on, among other things, transparency."  I agree, and the Obama Administration’s reform will let some much-needed sunshine in.

I look forward to discussing the new IRIS standards with Administrator Jackson to ensure that they are implemented in the most effective and transparent way possible.