Toxic Corruption at EPA
Public health experts have long raised the concern that the Environmental Protection Agency is rushing new chemicals onto the market, at industry’s request and with little oversight or concern for the long-term human health and environmental implications.
Now PEER is representing four EPA scientists who have provided evidence to back up these concerns. On behalf of these scientists, PEER has provided detailed information to Congress and EPA’s Inspector General detailing examples where managers and career staff in EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention tampered with the assessments of dozens of chemicals to:
- Delete language identifying potential adverse effects, including developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, mutagenicity, and/or carcinogenicity;
- Significantly revise report conclusions to indicate that there are no toxicity concerns, despite significant data to the contrary; and
- Reassign risk assessments to inexperienced employees in order to secure their agreement to remove issues whose inclusion would be protective of human health.
While EPA has promised to investigate the matter, hours after we filed this complaint, someone released the whistleblowers’ names broadly within EPA–a troubling move that forced them to speak publicly about their disclosure.
These scientists have received an outpouring of support from inside and outside the agency. As we approach National Whistleblowers Day on July 30, we are reminded how whistleblowers are helping to protect us all and why we must protect them. We will keep you posted on our important work in this area.
Thank you for your support of PEER and the work we do.
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