Michael Halpern

Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

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Michael Halpern is an expert on political interference in science and solutions to reduce suppression, manipulation, and distortion of government science. See Michael's full bio.

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UCS to Host Virtual Public Hearing on EPA Science Rule

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPA is rushing through a proposal to transform how science is used in agency decisions and scientific assessments. The EPA is giving the public just 30 days to comment on the proposal and refuses to hold virtual public hearings. We are going to make sure that the EPA gets as much input as possible, whether they want it or not.

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Big UCS Win! Court Questions EPA Limits on Science Advisory Committees

Now, for some good news: the First Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that UCS’s lawsuit challenging the politicization of EPA science advisory committees may move forward. UCS sued the agency over a new directive that prohibits EPA grant-funded scientists from serving on these committees. Read more >

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EPA Proposes Broad Science Restrictions in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic

The Environmental Protection Agency moved today to restrict the types of research that can be used in public health protection decisions and scientific assessments. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is recklessly giving the public just 30 days to comment on this sweeping proposal. UCS developed a guide to assist you in making a public comment, and if you are able to do so, you should.

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White House Removes Public Health Experts from Coronavirus Discussions

This is President Trump’s approach to nearly every public health and environmental threat: find some way to exclude the experts, stop them from speaking publicly, and make decisions in a vacuum. The deliberate sidelining of public health experts and science leads to bad policy, and ultimately, to more sickness and death. Read more >

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EPA Moves to Handcuff Its Scientists

EPA political leaders want the option to force agency scientific experts to ignore some of the best evidence we have about how pollution makes people sick. Read more >

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