Research Priorities Author:RON KAUFMAN

Policy watchers say President Bill Clinton's proposed restructuring of the environmental advisory groups within the White House and other proposed changes could alter not only the arrangement of how the government oversees environmental research and development, but also the thematic approaches to this type of R&D. They say researchers may find themselves working with a whole new set of priorities.

During the presidential campaign, candidate Clinton spoke of a "new covenant for environmental progress," emphasizing a commitment to enacting strong environmental protection programs. Last month, the president declared he was taking his first steps toward that goal by dismantling the 24-year old Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), establishing a new White House Office on Environmental Policy (OEP), and announcing a dedication to elevating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Cabinet.

Clinton's commitment to putting EPA into the Cabinet suggests he may support, instead, the...

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