Scientific Integrity


Update: EPA Will Review Troublesome Communications Policy for Independent Science Advisory Board

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

Last week, UCS joined other science and journalism organizations in a letter to the EPA expressing concern about how a new policy might limit the ability of independent scientists who advise the agency to speak publicly about their scientific research and opinions in a personal capacity, particularly the scientists who serve on its Science Advisory Board. Read more >

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Is EPA Excessively Restricting Access to its Science Advisory Board Members?

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

UCS learned recently that at a closed-door meeting of the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) on July 24, the EPA put forward a new memorandum from EPA Chief of Staff Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming that seems to extend free speech restrictions to independent scientists who advise the agency. The memo is written in a way that could discourage scientists from informing public discussion around important topics. Read more >

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Three Major Mistakes the House Science Committee Chairman Made in the Wall Street Journal

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Yesterday, the House Science Committee approved the Secret Science Reform Act on a party line vote.  The bill purports to provide full access to the scientific basis for EPA decision making, but in fact it is a sham call for government transparency when its effect is nothing of the kind. On the contrary, numerous open government groups, including UCS,  have raised concerns about the legislation. Read more >

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After Doubling Down on Scientific Integrity, EPA Ditches Its Science Advisor

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has ditched her science advisor, Glenn Paulson. The move came the day after she gave a major address at the National Academies of Science, telling the audience that “[t]he work we do together to preserve the integrity of our science is as critical as ever.” Dr. Paulson’s departure from this position is a loss for the agency, and the position should be filled quickly to ensure that progress on scientific integrity can continue. Read more >

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Sometimes the Good Guys Win: Unmasking “Company Doe”

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

Last week a federal district appeals court issued a decision that is a victory for scientific integrity, transparency,  and consumer protection. Read more >

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