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Paper-Trail Cleanup Memo Sparks Furor

Science  11 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5285, pp. 173
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5285.173a


A memo telling scientists to destroy files and documents that don't reflect final regulatory rules is provoking a furor at the California Environmental Protection Agency. After environmental and journalistic organizations filed a lawsuit last week, agency officials put the proposed policy on hold. But critics claim that the “shredder” policy is an attempt to stifle scientific debate on sensitive environmental issues.