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EPA's 'Secret Science' Rule

Acid mine drainage can cause creeks to turn a dark orange hue.
Curren Sheldon
100 Days In Appalachia

This show originally ran on Jan. 22, 2020.

The Trump Administration is working on a policy change that would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, before their findings could be considered in shaping regulations.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency say the proposal, titled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” would improve the ability of researchers’ conclusions to be independently verified.

However, scientists and physicians say the rule would make it harder to enact new clean air and water rules, putting public health at risk.


  • Lisa Friedman, New York Times climate reporter
  • Gabriel Filippelli, earth sciences professor and director of Center for Urban Health at IUPUI
  • Daren Bakst, senior research fellow in Agricultural Policy, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation

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