February 27, 2017

AP: “EPA Science Under Scrutiny By Trump Political Staff” (EPA Website, Data, Studies All Require Review)

UPDATED 5:45pm with Additional Content, New Headline

From the Associated Press:

The Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency undergo review by political appointees before they can be released to the public.

The communications director for President Donald Trump’s transition team at EPA, Doug Ericksen, said Wednesday the review also extends to content on the federal agency’s website, including details of scientific evidence showing that the Earth’s climate is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame.

Former EPA staffers said Wednesday the restrictions imposed under Trump far exceed the practices of past administrations.

Ericksen said no orders have been given to strip mention of climate change from www.epa.gov, saying no decisions have yet been made.

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See Also: White House says it hasn’t told agencies to stop tweeting (via The Hill)

See Also: “EPA Scientists’ Work May Face ‘Case By Case’ Review By Trump Team, Official Says”
From earlier today.

See Also: Note: ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted this a couple hours ago: “OIF Condemns Government Agency Censorship”

Note: This post originally used the AP headline, “Trump Administration Mandating EPA Scientific Studies, Data Undergo Review by Political Staff Before Public Release”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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