The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) conducted an online survey of roughly 1,600 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff scientists. More than half (889) of those scientists reported political interference and pressure from supervisors to distort their findings. The UCS survey was sent to 5,500 EPA scientists across the country.

UCS has previously conducted similar surveys of scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as climate scientists at seven agencies.

“Nearly 900 EPA scientists reported political interference in their scientific work. Distorting science to accommodate a narrow political agenda threatens our environment, our health, and our democracy itself,” said Francesca Grifo, director of the UCS’s Scientific Integrity Program.

Thirty-one percent of 1,586 scientists who responded stated they personally experienced recurrent or occasional “statements by EPA officials that misrepresent scientists’ findings.” The UCS press release states, “Nearly 100 scientists identified the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as the primary culprit.” The report referred to comments made by respondents regarding OMB’s interference.


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