Congress, Fretting Over Secrecy, May Miss Bigger Research Problems

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In regulating emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency has relied on research that links air pollution to health problems. Not all of that data is available to the public, though, and some Republicans say it should be.

The proposed Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 runs only three pages, and would set a simple rule: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot take any action based on research for which all underlying data are not publicly available.

The measure, now awaiting a vote on the House floor, embodies a concept—increased scientific transparency—that enjoys wide support in academe. The bill has nevertheless generated an oversized level of consternation and uncertainty in the