Starting in December 2016, EDGI launched a confidential interviewing/oral history project with long-time federal environmental employees, mainly at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) but also the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
While we began primarily with retired employees, including some who had been there at these agencies’ 1970 beginnings, we have increasingly spoken with current or very recently retired employees. Offering a more human and nuanced perspective on the impacts of the current administration on environmental agencies, our interviewing project seeks to preserve institutional memory, document the inner workings of environmental agencies under the current administration, and situate these historically. As of December 2020, the group has completed over 120 interviews.
To learn more about the Interviewing Working Group, visit here.