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EPA staff dissatisfied with agency’s (lack of) scientific integrity

  • 05/22/2020 5:26 pm ET Nathan Kauffman
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Just days after the Trump Administration closed public comments for its roundly criticized science transparency rule, a new report published by the EPA Investigator General found a majority of EPA staff said they were dissatisfied with the agency’s culture of scientific integrity, and substantial portions of the staff expressed discomfort reporting violations of scientific integrity.

Nearly six in 10 EPA staff expressed dissatisfaction with the agency’s culture of scientific integrity, 26% of respondents expressed fear of retaliation over expressing a scientific opinion about EPA’s scientific work, and 42% said they would not feel comfortable reporting an actual allegation of a “loss of scientific integrity.” The portion of staff who believed they could, in their official capacity, openly express scientific opinions without fear of retaliation dropped 15 percentage points from 2016, and more than one-in-five respondents expressed concern about their ability to report research findings without alteration or suppression, according to E&E News.

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