Scientists protest influence of Bush political appointees.

Members of the “EPA’s science advisory panel on air pollution voiced strong concerns today about the Bush administration’s recent directive to expand the power of political appointees over the panel’s work. … The new policy essentially strips the panel of its fundamental advisory role with EPA staff scientists as they compile and disseminate the latest findings on pollutants — like ozone, particulate matter or lead — and human health.” (via Greenwire, subscription required)