Strengthening Science’s Voice at EPA

E. Donald Elliott, Yale Law School


Most administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") pay
lip service to science, particularly during their confirmation hearings. But the
truth is, despite recent reforms, the role of science at EPA still needs to be
strengthened. One incident that exemplifies the nature of the problem
occurred early in the Reagan Administration: Shortly after taking office, then-
EPA Administrator Anne Gorsuch fired most of the scientists on EPA's Science
Advisory Board to replace them with scientists who were good, solid