31 Oct '17, 9pm

Scott Pruitt just blocked expert scientists from EPA advisory boards.

Scott Pruitt just blocked expert scientists from EPA advisory boards. Citing the risk of conflicts of interest, the EPA administrator instituted a sweeping change to the agency’s core system of advisory panels on Tuesday, restricting membership to scientists who don’t receive EPA grants. In practice, the move represents “a major purge of independent scientists,” Terry F. Yosie, chair of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board during the Reagan administration, told the Washington Post . Their removal paves the way for a fresh influx of industry experts and state government officials pushing for lax regulations. The advisory boards are meant to ensure that health regulations are based on sound science, but that role may be changing. As of Tuesday, the new chair of the Clean Air Safety Advisory Committee is Tony Cox, an independent consultant, who has argued that reductions in ozone...

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