November 17, 2019 Liz Borkowski, MPH

Last year, many of us spoke out forcefully against a horrible EPA proposal that would allow the agency to ignore important studies when regulating, on the pretext of increasing transparency. Rather than using the extensive criticism to engage in a more thorough and appropriate process — or, as many of us recommended, scrap the proposal altogether — EPA has apparently made it more far-reaching and disastrous for public health.

September 29, 2019 Liz Borkowski, MPH

Last year, the Trump administration EPA dismissed the Particulate Matter Review Panel, leaving the agency and its primary group of clean air advisors without the expertise they need to thoroughly update air pollution standards. The review panel’s scientists are so committed to their work that they’ve decided to meet and provide their crucial advice even without the federal government’s blessing.

August 4, 2019 Liz Borkowski, MPH

Examples of federal agencies ignoring and suppressing science are alarmingly common these days, but Adam Federman’s investigation into the Department of the Interior’s actions regarding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is especially breathtaking.

January 14, 2019 Liz Borkowski, MPH

The nationwide financial squeeze on federal employees, contractors, and the businesses that depend on them may be the most visible harm from the ongoing partial government shutdown, but we should also be aware of damage to science. The shutdown has furloughed federal scientists, stalled data collection, weakened scientific meetings, left current and potential collaborators hanging, […]

December 3, 2018 Liz Borkowski, MPH

The day after Thanksgiving, the White House made public the Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II. Congress has mandated that these reports be released every four years, and the Trump administration seemingly figured that doing so on the day after Thanksgiving would limit public attention.