The Intersection

The Woes at EPA

In my latest Science Progress column, I describe the utter meltdown at the Environmental Protection Agency, which involves not only mistreatment of agency scientists but the blatant failure to follow the law. Things probably haven’t been this bad at the agency since the days of Ann Gorsuch Burford, if anyone remembers her. And that’s saying something.

You can read the piece here.


  1. #1 Jeffrey Beall
    April 30, 2008

    Chris, I thought you might be interested in this story that aired on Channel 9 here in Denver last night. It’s about Dr. William Gray at CSU.

  2. #2 Gerardo Camilo
    April 30, 2008


    another type of abuse, not only at EPA but across many of these agencies, is that of scientific authority. Administrators, which themselves have little or no scientific experience, are the ones who either make the “scientific call’ or decide who does. Thus, the level of scientific information needed in order to make a decision is constantly being increased. Many a good scientists have left EPA, F&WS, NASA, etc. and aren’t replaced, or a much junior scientist replaces them.

    Would be interesting to see the number of peer reviewed pubs coming out of these agencies during the last decade.

  3. #3 David Bruggeman
    April 30, 2008

    While I think Gerardo has a point, Administrator Johnson has the scientific experience (and the civil service experience) where you’d think he’d act differently than he has. What are particular events in his biography that could explain the apparent contradiction?

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