EPA Drafts New Research Agenda "We must develop the capabilities to anticipate and prevent pollution, rather than simply controlling and cleaning it up after it has been generated." So writes Erich Bretthauer, acting chief of research and development at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a radical proposal to overhaul environmental science in the U.S. government.
Breethauer describes a plan to boost support for basic science in a 70-page draft paper that has been obtained by Science. Entitled "Protecting the Environment: A Research Strategy for the 1990s," it was prepared this spring in response to recommendations made by a group of outside advisers to EPA.
EPA Administrator William Reilly has seen this report, and, like his predecessor Lee Thomas who commissioned it, he is said to favor its goals. But he has not endorsed it. Nor has the White House, which would have to defend the increased EPA budget.
The outsiders who urged EPA to beef up the research program belong to a subcommittee of the agency's Science Advisory Board, a group chaired by...