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House passes bill stopping EPA from using hidden data when crafting regulation

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Republicans pass a bill in the House on Wednesday that forces EPA to craft regulation around science that is only available to the public (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, in a 228-194 vote, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from crafting regulation based off of scientific data that has not been seen by the public.

The Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act, or HONEST Act, will force the EPA to use data that is publicly available when crafting regulations, potentially leaving out medical findings that are kept hidden from the public to protect patient privacy. Provisions have been set aside within the bill to redact personal information, however.

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