Great Lakes Study Mired in Politics: Author

Scientist says feds didn't like pollution report, reassigned him
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 7:52 AM CST
Great Lakes Study Mired in Politics: Author
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A report suggesting industrial contamination in the Great Lakes poses health threats to residents is being suppressed by the feds, says study author Chris De Rosa, who also claims he was demoted because of his findings. The study found 230,000 "vulnerable" people are living in polluted areas, but the government cited concerns with methodology, reports the Washington Post. 

Peer reviewers involved with the study are crying foul because, as one says, "All science has limitations, but to stress the limitations at the expense of getting this kind of information out to the research community is not in the public interest at all." A House committee is investigating the reassignment of De Rosa, who was also involved in publicizing health concerns with FEMA trailers. (Read more environment stories.)

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