Voices of EPA Scientists

Published Jul 11, 2008


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been given the simple yet profound charge "to protect human health and the environment."

To evaluate how the EPA uses science in its decision making, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Center for Survey, Statistics & Methodology at Iowa State University distributed a 44-question survey to nearly 5,500 EPA scientists during the summer of 2007. Almost 1,600 scientists responded. The results show an agency under siege: hundreds of scientists reported political interference in their work, significant barriers to the free communication of scientific results, and concerns about the agency's effectiveness.

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