EPA Stands By Decision To Allow Biden Appointee To Retain Ties Chinese Government-Controlled University
- August 25, 2021
Andrew Kerr, Daily Caller
The Environmental Protection Agency stands by its decision to allow a high-ranking political appointee to retain a professional relationship with a Chinese government-controlled university while serving in the Biden administration.
EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science Policy Dr. Christopher Frey disclosed in his May 11 ethics recusal statement that he is on an unpaid, two-year leave of absence from his position with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology following advice by the agency’s Office of General Counsel.
Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), the watchdog group that first obtained the records, said in a statement Tuesday that the university is effectively an “arm of the Chinese government” and that “one can presume from the leave that [Frey] plans to return to his employment with the Chinese government upon completing his tenure at EPA.”