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Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board

09 May, 2017, 07:30 | Author: Eddie Kim
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has chosen to replace half of the members on one of its key scientific review boards, the first step in a broader effort by Republicans to change the way the agency evaluates the scientific basis for its regulations. It's not until 10 paragraphs into Davenport's story do we find out Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) members serve three-year terms.

Richardson says he and the other board members were expecting to serve another term - as their predecessors had.

Robert Richardson, an ecological economist at Michigan State and member of the Board of Scientific Counselors which reviews research done by EPA scientists, sounded the alarm over the dismissals on Friday, telling his Twitter followers: "Today, I was Trumped".

"We're not going to rubber-stamp the last administration's appointees", Freire told the Washington Post.

"EPA received hundreds of nominations to serve on the board, and we want to ensure fair consideration of all the nominees", EPA spokesman J.P. Freire said. The 18-member board oversees the rigor and integrity of the scientific research guiding policy decisions coming out of the EPA, from climate change to air pollution. It also was possible dismissed members of the board could be reconsidered for appointments.

She added, "The EPA is treating this scientific advisory board like its members are political appointees when these committees are not political positions". Both the Board of Scientific Counselors and a larger, 47-person Scientific Advisory Board have come under criticism for bolstering the cause for greater federal regulation.

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Discarding them opens the door for President Donald Tump and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to replace the independent experts with professionals from industry that the EPA is supposed to monitor, leading to "regulatory certainty".

An EPA spokesperson did not respond to TPM's questions about whether, or how dramatically, Pruitt meant to change the balance of the board to favor industry scientists.

A flag hangs over an entrance to the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington on April 22, 2017. The decision is the latest in a series of moves that could benefit polluters.

Conservatives have complained about EPA's approach to science, including the input it receives from outside scientific bodies, for years.

The EPA has faced some of the most dramatic overhauls in the federal government since Trump took office and began actively dismantling much of the agency. That money typically covers travel and other expenses for outside experts who attend the board's public meetings. In his short stint as head of the EPA, he has baselessly rejected that carbon dioxide is a major contributor to climate change and made comments on Fox News that support expanding the use of coal burning in electricity generation.

The Interior Department, which has more than 200 groups created to solicit input, is now reviewing the charter and charge of each board and advisory committee; the evaluation forced the temporary postponement of advisory committee meetings, the department said in an emailed statement.

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