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EPA Staff Detail Allegations That Leaders Weakened New Chemicals Reviews

by Inside EPA | July 8, 2021
“The four EPA toxics office scientists who are asking the inspector general to investigate the office are detailing a host of alleged incidents where they say career leaders improperly overrode their findings to secure less-stringent TSCA reviews of new chemicals. According to the ...

Staffers Face ‘Intense Pressure’ On New Chemicals, Whistleblowers Say

by Inside EPA | July 7, 2021
“Four EPA scientists who are seeking an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into EPA’s new chemicals program say office leaders imposed “intense pressure” to speed chemical reviews and avoid stringent risk findings, and frequently overrode staffers’ judgment in ...

EPA Staff Seek OIG Inquiry Into ‘Fraud And Corruption’ In TSCA Reviews

by Inside EPA | July 2, 2021
“Four staff scientists at EPA’s chemical safety office are asking the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to review their claims of long-running “fraud and corruption” in the TSCA program, saying managers and political officials across multiple administrations intervened in a ...

EPA Scientific Integrity Chief Says Staff ‘Documented’ Alleged Interference

by Inside EPA | June 16, 2021
“EPA’s scientific integrity official says career staff “quietly documented” alleged violations of the agency’s scientific integrity policy during the Trump era, pointing to a potential trove of evidence for the investigation of “political interference” in TSCA and other ...

PEER Accuses CSB Chair Of Misspending Funds, Undermining Nominees

by Inside EPA | May 11, 2021
“An environmental whistleblower group claims Katherine Lemos, chair and sole current member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) rewrote the panel’s governing rules to “consolidate” her power at the expense of three pending nominees, and claims she has ...