Bloomberg Law
April 21, 2020, 3:13 PMUpdated: April 21, 2020, 5:16 PM

Trump EPA’s Constraints on Science Advisers Unlawful: Court (1)

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

The Trump administration violated the law when it tightened membership requirements for powerful EPA advisory boards, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday.

The decision is a critical victory for environmental groups and scientists who have denounced the EPA’s updated approach for years. Advisory boards affected by the policy have advised the Trump administration on multiple major regulatory decisions since EPA issued the directive in 2017.

Earthjustice attorney Neil Gormley, who represented the challengers in the case, called the decision “a resounding win for science.”

“What we’ve seen is a return to bedrock principles here: the bedrock principles that administrative ...

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