Two US. Congressional hearings in mid-March put the heat on some science and technology efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). First, a March 22 House of Representatives Science Committee hearing focused on EPAs management of a ruling about sludge treatment and disposal. The hearing examined whether the agency has failed to foster sound science, while also allegedly harassing agency whistleblowers and some private citizens.
Then, a March 23 House Science Subcommittee hearing scrutinized the fiscal year 2001 budget authorization request for EPAs science and technology budget.