September 20, 2011

TSCA Reform Webinar Series: Hazard, Use, and Exposure Data

This free Environmental Law Institute teleconference will explore topics such as the scope of EPA authority to require information and data, including on new chemicals such as nanomaterials; testing, including mutual acceptance of data and emerging methodologies; and the role of downstream users of chemicals. RSVP by September 16th.


"GAO Faults EPA's 'Fragmented and Largely Uncoordinated' Research"

"U.S. EPA still hasn't implemented 20-year-old recommendations to improve the management of its laboratories, leaving the agency's research and technical activities "fragmented and largely uncoordinated," the Government Accountability Office has found. The problems could impede EPA's ability to handle upcoming budget cuts as Congress looks for ways to reduce spending and pay down the deficit, the watchdog agency says.""

Source: Greenwire, 08/30/2011

NASA Takes a Pass on Scientific Integrity Policy Improvement

An Aug. 5, 2011, NASA memo says the agency's existing policies are so good they don't need improving — yet the policies do not offer any clear guarantee that reporters can talk to NASA scientists without permission and supervision from the public affairs office.

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SEJ Comments On NOAA Science Policy; Seeks More Openness

In formal comments, SEJ stated that the section of NOAA guidance policy requiring advance public affairs approval of media interviews — and minders sitting in on those interviews — thwarts open communication between scientists and reporters, which is "unacceptable in a free society."

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Federal Auditors Find No Evidence To Support 'Climategate' Accusations

"The National Science Foundation has closed its investigation into Pennsylvania State University climatologist Michael Mann after finding no evidence of scientific misconduct related to his research.

It is the latest in a string of investigations to exonerate scientists involved in the so-called "Climategate" email scandal.

Source: Daily Climate, 08/23/2011


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