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EPA Adviser Draws Ire for Seeking Change to Air Quality Reviews

March 21, 2019, 6:20 PM

Some scientists are alarmed the chairman of the EPA’s clean air science advisory committee wants to adopt an approach they say goes against widely accepted and vetted scientific practices.

Tony Cox Jr., who chairs the seven-member Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, told the EPA in March 7 comments that the committee “strongly recommends” that the Environmental Protection Agency assess the science behind exposure to fine particle pollution by adopting an approach known as “manipulative causation.”

Under this approach, the EPA would consider studies that demonstrate direct evidence of health benefits from reducing the pollutant in question.

The draft proposal mirrors ...

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