Friday, November 7, 2008

EPA Giving Shorter Shrift to Science

If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is known for one thing, it’s missing deadlines. The agency regularly misses deadlines for updating health standards and just as regularly gets sued by environmental groups over it.

However, EPA has now found the answer to this problem. If lengthy scientific review and debate is causing the agency to miss its deadlines, then cut back on the science and beef up the role of EPA’s political appointees (who presumably already know what they want and can speed things along to achieve it, science or no).