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EPA scientists complain about political pressure

Associated Press


"Hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency scientists say they have

been pressured by superiors to skew their findings, according to a

survey released Wednesday by an advocacy group. The Union of Concerned

Scientists said more than half of the nearly 1,600 EPA staff

scientists who responded online to a detailed questionnaire reported

they had experienced incidents of political interference in their

work. EPA spokesman Jonathan Shradar attributed some of the discontent

to the 'passion' scientists have toward their work. ... But Francesca

Grifo, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Scientific

Integrity Program, said the survey results revealed 'an agency in

crisis' and 'under siege from political pressures' especially among

scientists involved in risk assessment and crafting

regulations." (04/23/08)



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