The Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmentalist group, released a report this week in which a large number of EPA scientists claim they have experienced political interference during the Bush administration.
The group polled 5,500 EPA employees from various
programs and laboratories among the 10 EPA regions, out of which 1,586
responded. Of those, according to the report, 889 respondents said they
personally experienced at least one incidence of political interference in the
last five years. However, among EPA veterans of 10 or more years, only 43
percent said the political interference had increased over the last five years
from the previous five years. Just seven percent said they had frequently or occasionally been
“directed to inappropriately exclude or alter technical information from an EPA
The safety blog,The
Pump Handle, suggested that EPA is not the only federal agency
where workers are claiming political considerations are taking precedence over
their findings. “Like UCS’s previous investigations on the Food and Drug
Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, and federal climate scientists, this one found significant
administration manipulation of science that is supposed to serve our health and
environment,” wrote Liz Borkowski, a contributor to the blog.
However, the watchdog
group’s Web site only included one incidence of similar political interference
with OSHA, a 2006 asbestos warning. A Government Accountability Office Report
in August 2007 also noted the 2006 asbestos incident as the only documented
case of political interference at OSHA.
the report by clicking the link below.