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Ex-EPA Officials Side With Advisory Board Rule Challengers

July 25, 2019, 8:20 PM

A new EPA rule that blocks individuals from serving on scientific advisory boards if they hold research grants means the agency isn’t making its policy decisions on the best available science, a group of former officials told First Circuit July 25.

President Donald Trump’s administration isn’t just changing who is qualified to sit on the Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory boards—it’s considering dissolving three of them entirely.

But EPA’s statutory authority requires it to rely on science-based decision-making as it crafts policy and regulatory priorities, the former officials said in their friend of the court brief. EPA grants are “especially ...

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