EPA scientist to reveal changes under new administration

by Tara Bannow

Tomorrow morning, Pai-Yei Whung, chief scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be on the St. Paul campus to detail the organization’s anticipated changes under the discretion of the new presidential administration. Whung’s visit is sponsored by the University’s Water Resources Center, whose co-director, Deborah Swackhamer, also serves as chair of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board.

"I think this has appeal to anyone on campus who cares about current events, cares about environmental policy, cares about politics or cares about science," Swackhamer said, adding that unlike in previous presidential administrations, Obama’s will see to it that science plays a key role in EPA policy-making. The event, "Science Priorities and Using Science for Decision Making at the U.S. EPA," will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in room 105 of the Cargill building on the St. Paul campus.

Check mndaily.com tomorrow for the full story.