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Trump’s EPA Weighs Merger That Could Muffle Voice of Scientists

Sept. 27, 2018, 11:36 PM

The EPA is actively weighing a plan to merge two science offices in a bid to pare redundancies—an effort that is feeding criticism that the agency is diminishing the stature of scientists.

Under the reorganization plan, the Office of Science Advisor and the Office of Science Policy would merge. The offices are currently located within the Office of Research and Development, and the shift would effectively downgrade the science adviser within the Environmental Protection Agency.

The reorganization was developed by the EPA’s Office of Research and Development “in order to reduce redundancies,” said Jennifer ...