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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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CDC Director Demotes Chief of Environmental Health
26 January 2010 1:29 pm
Howard Frumkin, the controversial director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's environmental health branch, has been reassigned by CDC Director Thomas Frieden. Frumkin directed the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) and National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) since 2005. He was criticized for an ATSDR study that underplayed the risks of formaldehyde in federal trailers used by Hurricane Katrina refugees. In early 2008, congressional Democrats accused him of suppressing a report on pollution in the Great Lakes and charged that he punished a scientist who questioned some of his decisions. Although some commenters on a CDC employee blog worried that Frumkin was pushed out for political reasons, others praised the decision to make him a special assistant to the CDC climate change director. CDC veteran Henry Falk will fill in as acting NCEH/ATSDR director.