"The former head of the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to file a whistleblower complaint, E&E News has learned.
The complaint will allege the CDC retaliated against George Luber for speaking out on climate change and for raising concerns that the agency was shifting climate funds to other programs. It is expected to be filed this week.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility had previously prepared to take Luber's case to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel last year after he was barred from his office. In an account posted online in December, PEER said Luber has been "gagged, reassigned, had his program dismantled, and has been subjected to a welter of seemingly farcical charges."
The Climate and Health Program launched in 2009 under the wing of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). Shortly after Trump took office, the CDC canceled a long-planned conference on climate change, a move that Luber opposed. The summit was later revived through a privately funded effort."