Dec
13

“Probe clears Interior secretary after accusations of interfering with pesticide assessments”

Editor’s note: The Hill posted the above-titled article by Rachel Frazin, which reads as follows:

“An internal watchdog investigation on Tuesday found no wrongdoing on the part of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt after he was accused of interfering in an assessment of the effects of pesticides on endangered species.

The probe by the Interior Department’s inspector general found that Bernhardt told a Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) team looking at possible effects of pesticides to change its methods and that he reviewed a draft opinion, according to a synopsis. Bernhardt had been the department’s deputy secretary at the time.