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Pruitt Could Alter Air Science Advisory Panel Direction at EPA

Feb. 15, 2017, 12:01 PM

A panel of science advisers whose recommendations underpin some of the EPA’s most contentious air pollution regulations is likely to see some changes under the Trump administration, including the possible appointment of scientists who disagree with past agency findings on the health effects of ozone and other pollutants.

Scott Pruitt, the nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has indicated a desire to alter the makeup of the EPA’s independent science panels. During his Jan. 18 confirmation hearing, he highlighted “conflicts of interest” on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) that he said need to be addressed.

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