[env-trinity] Klamath scientists get apology over bias claim

Tom Stokely tstokely at att.net
Wed Apr 24 13:19:01 PDT 2013


Klamath scientists get apology over bias claim

The Associated Press
Posted:   04/23/2013 04:00:19 PM PDT
Updated:   04/23/2013 04:00:19 PM PDT

GRANTS PASS, Ore.—A federal agency at the center of the bitter water battles in the Klamath Basin has formally apologized to seven of its scientists who were accused by a supervisor of producing biased work on the water needs of salmon.
In an agreement with the union representing the scientists, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regional director, David Murillo, apologized and rescinded the letter that raised the bias issue.
The whistleblower protection organization Public Employees for Environmental Ethics had filed a formal complaint over the treatment of the scientists in the bureau's Klamath Falls office with the Interior Department.
It alleged that area manager Jason Phillips took steps to transfer the scientists and assign their work to another agency because he felt others viewed the research as biased in favor the bureau.
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