WASHINGTON – Dr. Francesca Grifo has been appointed as the US Environmental Protection Agency’s new scientific integrity official. Grifo’s new responsibilities include coordinating and carrying out EPA’s scientific integrity policy and chairing a standing EPA scientific integrity committee.

“Science is, and continues, to be the backbone of this agency and the integrity of our science is central to the identity and credibility of our work,” said Gina McCarthy, administrator for EPA. “Dr. Grifo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to EPA that will help continue our work to implement the agency’s scientific integrity policy.”

Grifo has earned many years of experience in scientific research, academia and science policy. She comes to EPA from the Union of Concerned Scientists and has devoted her career to strengthening scientific integrity in the government.