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NYT: Politicians Have a Long History of Preventing EPA from Ensuring Public Health and Environmental Protection

03 Mar 2011  |   Daniel Jacobs

According to a recent article in the New York Times, over the past 25 years, studies performed by the Environmental Protection Agency have consistently been altered to favor the oil and gas industry.

In fact, attempts by some lawmakers and agencies to protect public health and avert environmental calamities were thwarted by interest groups who forced the federal government to omit or narrow critical information contained in EPA reports.

EPA scientists are worried that fact tweaking and omission may occur again as the agency conducts a new study on the environmental and health risks associated with natural gas drilling.Already, lawmakers in Congress have pressured the EPA to keep the study's focus narrow.



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