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US Geological Survey chief embroiled in whistleblower row

Image: United States Department of the Interior, via Wikimedia Commons

Administration defends director after investigation into whistleblower retaliation leads to calls for his dismissal

The director of the United States Geological Survey, which is responsible for the landscape and natural resources, is facing calls to be removed from his post following an investigation into an allegation that he retaliated against a whistleblower.

But the Department of the Interior, which oversees the US Geological Survey, has thrown its weight behind agency director James Reilly (pictured), who was appointed by president Donald Trump in 2018. 

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