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The hidden agenda of the EPA 'transparency rule'

The hidden agenda of the EPA 'transparency rule'

In April 2018, the Trump administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), proposed the use of the “transparency rule,” which states that the EPA can only consider scientific studies that include underlying data made openly available to the public for analysis. It would, therefore, limit what scientific data could be used to determine EPA regulations.

A four-month public comment period on the rule closed last month, and more than 6,000 people and organizations weighed in. It is now in the final stages of deliberation and could be adopted as early as this fall.

On the surface, the rule sounds harmless, even open-minded, doesn’t it? After all, transparency is an...

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