In DepthU.S. REGULATORY POLICY

Critics see hidden goal in EPA data access rule

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Science  04 May 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6388, pp. 472-473
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6388.472

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A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to require disclosure of data underlying studies used for regulatory decisions has critics saying the real goal is to undermine research vital to air pollution standards. The concern revolves primarily around tiny bits of soot and chemicals emitted while burning fuels and vegetation. Studies, many relying on confidential medical information, have found a link between the pollution and premature deaths, heart disease, and respiratory problems. EPA regulation is credited with saving hundreds of thousands of lives, but is also costly. Industries and their allies have long tried to challenge the science.