Scientific Integrity

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Scientists Prevail in Lawsuit Against EPA Science Advice Ban

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

In a win for independent science, the EPA said yesterday that it will rescind a policy banning many of the nation’s top environmental scientists from serving on the agency’s science advisory committees. The agency was under court order to remove it. Read more >

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How Safe Are Children’s Products? It Might Depend on Trump’s Next Nominee to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today the Senate holds a hearing on the nomination of Dr Nancy Beck to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). I doubt you spend much time thinking about the CPSC, but the little-known agency plays a crucial role in ensuring that the products in our homes are safe. And when things go wrong, that’s when you do hear about it—from lunchboxes contaminated with lead, to faulty jogging strollers that have injured children, to crib recalls due to infant deaths. Read more >

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Hurricane Season is Upon Us and Old Sharpies Never Die

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

I joined former NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and former NOAA Chief Scientist Richard Spinrad to file a complaint under the NOAA Scientific Integrity policy last September. Three other groups and individuals inside and outside government also complained and requested a formal investigation. Now, ten months later, the report of that investigation has been released. Read more >

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Restoring Science, Protecting the Public: 43 Steps for the Next Presidential Term

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Federal government scientists should be free to pursue research where it leads and communicate their results without political manipulation. The government should collect reliable data about public health and environmental threats and make it publicly available. Formal science advice to government should be robust and independent. Agency leaders should be qualified, ethical, and accountable. Public protections should fully consider the best available science. Those who expose political interference in science should be protected. Read more >

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A Flawed Process and a Harmful Outcome: My Comments on the EPA Particulate Pollution Standards

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

On Thursday, May 21, I will deliver the below oral comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency, speaking against Administrator Wheeler’s proposed rule to maintain the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). Read more >

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