"In the past EPA has relied on studies such as the "Harvard six cities" study and others from the American Cancer Society to issue rules such as those governing very fine particles smaller than 2.5 microns, to hammer businesses and localities with costly clean air regulations. Without access to the data used to regulate them people were helpless to defend themselves. They just had to "trust the government." Now EPA is moving to a more open practice of "trust, but verify."
"Making data available for other researchers to evaluate and test is essential to the scientific method.
"Congratulations to Scott Pruitt for making sound, open science essential to the operations of EPA."