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EPA Scientists in Revolt Over Agency's Handling of Dangerous Pesticides(2)

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In an extraordinary dissent from EPA management, 9,000 EPA scientists and employees are in open revolt over what they see as EPA’s cozy relationship with the pesticide industry. In a letter to Stephen Johnson, EPA’s administrator, the union leaders said scientists are being pushed to skip steps in their testing, and alleged that the ‘integrity of the science upon which agency decisions are based has been compromised.’ The pesticides in question are suspected of causing birth defects.