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EPA Scientific Integrity Policy

EPA has released a Scientific Integrity Policy incorporating input from the EPA Science and Technology Policy Council, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the public, and EPA scientists.

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After President Obama issued an executive memorandum articulating the need for sound science to inform and guide agency decisions on a wide range of issues in March 2009, EPA responded and issued a new Scientific Integrity Policy. Guidance set by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) provided foundational principles and scientific expectations for scientific integrity in the federal government and asked the federal agencies to develop scientific integrity policies that included four areas: scientific integrity in government, public communications, use of Federal Advisory Committees, and professional development of government scientists and engineers.

EPA's final policy incorporates input from the EPA Science and Technology Policy Council, OSTP, the public, and EPA scientists. It also establishes a Scientific Integrity Committee to implement this policy and provide an annual report.

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