Fewer Scientists Employed by EPA in 2017

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Fewer Scientists Employed by EPA in 2017

In December 2017, the New York Times reported that, out of 700 employees who left the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017, over 200 (twenty-seven percent) were scientists. According to the report, the scientists have either “quit, retired, or taken a buyout package.”

Those leaving include thirty-four biologists and microbiologists, nineteen chemists, eighty-one environmental engineers and environmental scientists; and more than a dozen toxicologists, life scientists, and geologists. Few of these scientists have been replaced. According to the New York Times report, of the 129 people hired by EPA in 2017, only seven (five percent) were scientists.

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