Obama cites Lubbock woman's work for executive order - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/4/10

Obama cites Lubbock woman's work for executive order

By James Clark | email
 
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - President Barack Obama relies in part on the work of a Texas Tech professor as justification for an executive order Friday.  The President is trying to strike a balance between protecting the public from dangerous materials such as microbes and toxins, while allowing scientists access to these items for study. 

A White House statement says Professor Victoria Sutton studied how stressed scientists are about accidentally violating federal laws or rules.  Nearly two-thirds of scientists in her study worried about inadvertently violating federal rules. 

The President's order gives the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health & Human Services a little more than two years to come up with new rules and guidance.

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