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Wielding the Data-Quality Cudgel

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Science  21 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5614, pp. 1837
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5614.1837

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A so-called data-quality act that took effect last October allows anyone to challenge the accuracy of agency reports and rules in the name of improving government decisions. But many scientists, legal experts, and environmentalists fear that this law could block agencies from using new, emerging science and bog down regulations.