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Court Rebukes EPA’s Ban on Independent Science Advisors

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

A court this week found serious flaws in the EPA’s exclusion from its advisory committees of academic and non-profit scientists holding grants from the agency. After permitting these eminent scientists to serve (for free!) for decades, the EPA abruptly reversed course in 2017. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York explained that the “EPA was required to provide a ‘reasoned explanation’ for its decision to ‘disregard[] facts and circumstances that underlay or were engendered by the prior policy,” but that the “EPA has failed to do so.” Read more >

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EPA Science Advisory Board Should Keep Pushing EPA to Adhere to the Best Available Science

, Lead science and policy analyst

The EPA’s Science Advisory Board is meeting this week and next to discuss the scientific basis for several EPA proposals, including the so-called transparency rule, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Rule, the Safe Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule, and agency regulations to define the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act (WOTUS). Read more >

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The Experts Have Spoken: Disbanded Particulate Pollution Panel Finds EPA Standards Don’t Protect Public Health

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

A group of 20 independent experts on particulate matter air pollution, disbanded by EPA Administrator Wheeler last October and reconvened last week, has now made clear that the current particulate pollution standards don’t protect public health and welfare. Read more >

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What To Expect at the Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel Meeting

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

On the anniversary of being disbanded by the EPA, the 20-member Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel is set to reconvene to ensure that independent, robust science advice informs the EPA’s review of air pollution standards for particulate matter. Read more >

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Science Advice Shouldn’t Be at the Whim of a President and His Appointees

, Lead science and policy analyst

News is beginning to trickle out about advisory committees that will no longer be used by the federal government as the deadline for agencies to arbitrarily cut one-third of their advisory committees was yesterday, September 30. It has only been three months since President Trump issued an executive order that called upon agencies to terminate a third of their advisory committees in the name of cost savings. Read more >

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