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Trump EPA’s Adviser Policy in Legal Knot After Court Ruling (1)

Feb. 11, 2020, 6:41 PMUpdated: Feb. 11, 2020, 7:16 PM

A court decision striking down the Trump administration’s effort to limit who can serve on EPA advisory boards conflicts with other rulings and leaves open questions about the policy’s future.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency was arbitrary and capricious when it adopted a 2017 directive barring EPA grant recipients from serving on the agency’s influential teams of outside experts.

But the ruling doesn’t explicitly scrap the policy, leaving its immediate impact unclear. Judge Denise L. Cote called on both sides to confer and propose a plan ...