The dishonest HONEST Act

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Science  09 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6342, pp. 989
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5967

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The Trump administration aims to eliminate many regulations and make it more difficult to adopt new ones. More subtle and dangerous are attempts in Congress to undermine public health and environmental protections by limiting the use of scientific evidence under the guise of increased transparency. This effort, which as envisioned by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leadership would greatly reduce the amount of science used in decision-making, undermines the credibility and application of scientific evidence, weakens the scientific enterprise, and imperils public and environmental health.

  • * The authors thank B. D. Goldstein and L. R. Goldman for their contribution to this editorial.