EPA Brushes off Misconduct Charges in Great Bay Case
Science misconduct concerns raised by the Great Bay Coalition against the EPA region 1 have been dismissed by the EPA’s Office of Water. The Coalition has challenged the science used by the EPA over nitrogen discharges into the Great Bay Estuary and the effects on eelgrass. The EPA’s Office of Water Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner says that the EPA has reviewed the complaints which said that the EPA Region 1 intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly committed violations of the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct and the EPA Scientific Integrity Policy. She said evidence provided by the Great Bay Coalition did not provide a basis to conclude that the Regions actions in any way constituted scientific misconduct. Stoner says the Office of Water will continue to review the documents provided and will provide a complete review at a later date.