Kyla Bennett, director of science policy at the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, was not surprised by the documents. Called PEER, the nonprofit organization works to support current and former public employees who protect the environment. Bennett, a lawyer who formerly worked at the EPA, said the documents are consistent with what she’s heard from EPA pesticide employees for years.
“Unfortunately, this is pretty damn typical,” Bennett said. “I feel awful for the scientists there who are trying to do the right thing. I know some of them are losing sleep at night because of their role in what is going on.”