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Axing Outside Panel of Air Scientists Irks Past EPA Advisers

Dec. 12, 2018, 8:08 PM

About a dozen former EPA advisers exhorted the agency Dec. 12 to reinstate a panel of scientists charged with reviewing federal standards for airborne particle pollution.

They all but took over a routine public meeting of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, which was reviewing the latest science on the risks posed by particulate matter, which are fine airborne particles of pollution that are linked with respiratory illnesses.

The EPA’s seven-member advisory committee lacks the scientific expertise necessary to weigh that data without input from a panel of subject matter experts, past advisers warned.

“Today ...