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EPA Rule Barring Grant Recipients From Boards Beats Another Suit

March 27, 2019, 5:59 PM

A rule change banning recipients of Environmental Protection Agency grants from serving on the agency’s scientific advisory boards survived a court challenge by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Judge F. Dennis Saylor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed the group’s lawsuit March 27, saying the court lacked the jurisdiction to rule on the environmental group’s allegations that former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued the directive unlawfully.

In its suit, the UCS cited the rule’s impact on co-plaintiff Elizabeth Anne Sheppard, a University of Washington professor currently serving on the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee who ...

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