31 Oct '17, 9pm

Pruitt Purges Independent Scientists from EPA Advisory Boards

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, took more steps today to weaken the role of science for protecting the public from harmful chemicals and pollution, announcing unprecedented changes to eligibility of scientists to serve on EPA’s key scientific advisory boards and committees. The new policy will ban scientists who receive research grants from the EPA, predominantly academic scientists from research universities who, Pruitt argues, have a conflict of interest. However, in a move that turns the concept of conflict of interest on its head, the EPA will allow scientists, consultants and others who work for or receive funding from the chemical and fossil fuel industries to serve on these advisory bodies. This new policy is already showing its effects. In the same announcement, Pruitt named the chairmen of the three most high-profile science...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/christina-swanson/pruitt-pur...

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