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Outside Insider Named to Head EPA Research

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Science  31 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5377, pp. 625-626
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5377.625a

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The White House this week tapped a veteran Washington insider for the top research post at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a job vacant for over a year. The choice of Norine Noonan, a biologist-turned-bureaucrat without previous ties to EPA, is raising eyebrows. But some observers say Noonan's expertise as a scientist who knows the ropes in Washington will stand her in good stead in defending the $500 million research budget at EPA, an agency often accused of giving science short shrift.