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EPA secrecy? tighter than NASA and NOAA

Postby Micronaut » Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:44 pm

A Continues To Screen All Interviews With Scientists
EPA Will Not Match "Open Science" Policies Adopted at NASA and NOAA
By: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
Published: Feb 15, 2006 at 07:59
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Despite growing concerns about political interference with science, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring prior headquarters approval for all communications by its scientists with the media, according to an agency email released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). EPA's stance of screening all press interviews is at variance with recent pronouncements of scientific openness by two of its sister agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In a February 9, 2006 email to all staff, Ann Brown the News Director for the agency's science arm, the Office of Research and Development (ORD), admonished -

"We are asked to remind all employees that EPA's standard media procedure is to refer all media queries regarding ORD to Ann Brown, ORD News Director, prior to agreeing to or conducting any interviews…Support for this policy also will allow reasonable time for appropriate management response."

By contrast, less than a week earlier on February 4, 2006, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin sent an all-employee email in which he committed the agency to "open scientific and technical inquiry and dialogue with the public." Griffin stated, "It is not the job of public affairs officers to alter, filter or adjust engineering or scientific material produced by NASA's technical staff."

On February 10, 2006, NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher told The Washington Post that "I encourage scientists to conduct peer-reviewed research and provide the honest results of those findings," adding that "My policy…is to have a free and open organization."

"Why are scientists at NASA free to answer questions about global warming while their colleagues at EPA are not?" asked PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. "Science does not come in Republican or Democratic flavors; scientists should be able to discuss findings without having to check whether facts comport with management policy."

Scientists often fall outside the coverage of whistleblower protection laws and thus, scientists who violate agency gag rules may be punished for insubordination. Corrective legislation (HR 839 by Representative Waxman and S 1358 by Senator Richard Durbin) that would grant scientists the right to openly discuss their findings is pending before both houses of Congress.

Ironically, at the same time that it is restricting media contacts with scientists, EPA itself is engaged in an aggressive public relations effort called "Science for You" that promotes the importance of the scientific research being conducted at the agency.

Read the EPA email.
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re: EPA secrecy? tighter than NASA and NOAA

Postby Micronaut » Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:01 pm

duties transferred to EPA

http://www.epa.gov/history/org/origins/duties.htm


Duties Transferred to EPA

Dept. of the Interior (DOI)

Federal Water Quality Administration
Functions transferred to the Secretary by Reorganization Plan #2 of 1966 (80 Stat 1608)
Functions vested in the Secretary or Department by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act
Functions vested in the Secretary by the Act of August 1, 1958, 72 Stat. 479, 16 U.S.C. 742d-1 (an act related to studies of the effects of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides upon fish and wildlife)
Functions vested by law in the Secretary administered by the Gulf Breeze Biological Laboratory of the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries at Gulf Breeze, Florida
The Water Pollution Control Advisory Board (33 U.S.C. 466f) , and the hearing boards provided for in sections 10(c)(4) and 10(f) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended (33 U.S.C. 466g)
Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Functions of the Secretary or Department under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as amended (7 U.S.C. 135-135k)
Functions of the Secretary or Department under section 408(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended (21 U.S.C. 346a(l))
Functions vested by law in the Secretary or Department administered through the Environmental Quality Branch of the Plant Protection Division of the Agricultural Research Service
Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW)

Functions vested by law in the Secretary or Department administered through the Environmental Health Service, including:
The National Air Pollution Control Administration
The Environmental Control Administration, including:
Bureau of Solid Waste Management
Bureau of Water Hygiene
Bureau of Radiological Health
Functions vested in the Secretary for establishing tolerances for pesticides chemicals under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA)
The Air Quality Advisory Board (42 U.S.C. 1857e)
Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)

Functions of the AEC under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, administered through its Division of Radiation Protection Standards, to the extent that such functions consist of establishing generally applicable environmental standards for protection of the general environment from radioactive material
Federal Radiation Council (FRC)

All functions of the Federal Radiation Council (42 U.S.C. 2021(h))
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Functions of CEQ under section 204(5) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (Public Law 91-190, approved Jan. 1, 1970, 83 Stat. 855), that pertain to ecological systems
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Re: re: EPA secrecy? tighter than NASA and NOAA

Postby steamboat » Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:41 pm

Hey Vulcan, Here are search results for supreme court epa. They have been called down several times.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=EPA+SUPREME+COURT
Please post some links to allow us to verify what you post. Jim.
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re: EPA secrecy? tighter than NASA and NOAA

Postby steamboat » Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:29 am

Hey Vulcan, It may not be easy but there are lots of misinformation being passed around without credibility. Have you watched Myth Busters?
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=conspiracy
An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
A group of conspirators.
Law. An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action

Here is a theory about conspircy theories. Jim.
http://www.raptureready.com/rr-conspiracy-theories.html
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re: EPA secrecy? tighter than NASA and NOAA

Postby Micronaut » Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:26 pm

Jerry,

Steamboats article was great, the guy who wrote the article picked some of the worst examples

and irony, sheesh!

I am curious. With the way you think of things, what were the "phoenix lights" that were in the news so long ago?
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