Description: Complaint to EPA inspector general alleging that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's statements violated the agency's Scientific Integrity Policy.
Sierra Club Complaint to EPA Inspector General regarding Violation of Scientific Integrity Policy by Administrator Scott Pruitt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/01/2017 Letter Download Letter sent notifying Sierra Club that no violation of Scientific Integrity Policy was found (letter is not dated). EPA Panel Concluded Pruitt Statements Regarding Carbon Dioxide’s Contribution to Climate Change Did Not Violate Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy. A panel convened from the EPA Scientific Integrity Review Committee concluded that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s comments during a television interview that he would not agree that carbon dioxide was “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see” did not violate the EPA Scientific Integrity Policy. The panel, which was convened in response to a request filed by the Sierra Club with the EPA Inspector General, stated that “[e]xpressing an opinion about science is not a violation of the EPA Scientific Integrity Policy. Indeed, the Scientific Integrity Policy – in the spirit of promoting vigorous debate and inquiry – specifically encourages employees to express their opinion should the employee disagree with scientific data, scientific interpretations, or scientific conclusions.” In his letter advising the Sierra Club of the panel’s decision, the Director of the EPA Office of the Science Advisory said “[t]he freedom to express one’s opinion about science is fundamental to EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy even (and especially) when that point of view might be controversial.” 03/14/2017 Letter Download Complaint submitted to EPA inspector general. Sierra Club Asked EPA Inspector General to Investigate Whether Pruitt Violated Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy. Sierra Club requested that the EPA inspector general conduct an inquiry into whether EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s statements regarding climate change in a television interview on March 9 violated EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy. When asked whether he believed that “it’s been proven that carbon dioxide is the primary control knob for climate,” Pruitt answered “no” and said that he “would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” Sierra Club asserted that Pruitt’s statements violated principles of the Scientific Integrity Policy adopted by EPA in 2012 “[b]y stating that carbon dioxide is not a ‘primary contributor’ to global warming, remaining silent on the scientific consensus to the contrary, and exaggerating the disagreement among scientists.”