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Lawmakers Probe Alleged Industry Ties to Advisory Panels

7:46 AM MDT | March 31, 2008 | Nancy Seewald

EPA’s dismissal of scientist Deborah Rice from an external peer review panel has sparked a Congressional investigation into the agency’s scientific review process and how it applies conflict of interest rules. Rice was fired last year from a panel researching health effects of deca-brominated biphenyl ether (deca-BDE) at the request of ACC, which claimed that her previous research and public statements about deca-BDE compromised her impartiality (CW, March 10, p. 33). Dingell: Scrutiny of ‘so called’ experts. In a March 17 letter to EPA...

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