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Air Quality Panels Cut Because They Took Too Long, EPA Head Says

April 3, 2019, 5:36 PM

The slow pace of panels of outside scientists charged with helping EPA evaluate air quality standards was hampering the agency’s ability to meet its deadlines, EPA head Andrew Wheeler said April 3.

It was the first time Wheeler has explained a reason for his October decision to disband panels of independent scientists, engineers, and other specialists who served on subcommittees of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC).

The congressionally mandated committee is tasked with helping the EPA review the science underpinning federal air quality standards for ozone, particulate matter, and four other pollutants.

The EPA is required ...