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EPA Clashes With House Panel Over Science Integrity Testimony

July 18, 2019, 6:33 PM

The EPA denied allegations from the Democratic chair of a House committee that it blocked its science watchdog from appearing before the panel in a July 17 hearing.

Democrats had initially invited Francesca Grifo, scientific integrity official at the Environmental Protection Agency, to testify before a House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee hearing on scientific integrity in federal agencies. But Grifo did not appear.

During the hearing, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), chair of the full committee, said the EPA “refused” to make Grifo available, but that the agency didn’t explain why. That response “was not adequate,”...

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