EPA Science Advisory Board


EPA Advisory Board’s Restricted Science Advice Is Too Little, Too Late, and Comes During a National Crisis

, Lead science and policy analyst

In a strange turn of events, EPA issued a press release welcoming and quoting its Science Advisory Board’s (SAB’s) final recommendations report on the so-called Strengthening Transparency rule. The paragraph quoted in the press release was not in the SAB’s harsher draft letter, and I would argue it is incorrect in assuming good intentions behind EPA’s rule.

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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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Nine Trendy Words for the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Eighteen months ago, I wrote a blog called the ABC’s of Sidelining Science by the Trump Administration because there were so many examples of this administration’s disregard for scientific process and evidence that I could readily/easily fill out the alphabet. I thought of updating my alphabet-of-wrongdoing at the end of 2019, but then thought it would be more helpful/interesting/etc. to instead utilize a great resource that Merriam-Webster, the dictionary people, put online called “Trending Words in the News.” While these are cool words that appear in news stories, my intent is to use them in descriptions of recent science-related actions by the Administration. Read more >

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Three Times EPA Administrator Wheeler Failed His Science Advisors This Week

, Lead science and policy analyst

I told E&E News before this week’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) meeting that my concern was that Administrator Wheeler was using the board “as a box he needs to check off” on his path to deregulation. He called out my quote in his statement to the SAB on Tuesday morning and refuted the underlying assumption that he didn’t value his science advisors. I didn’t have to wait long before the proceedings of the meeting proved my very point and illustrated exactly how little Administrator Wheeler cares about the scientific underpinnings of regulations, the opinions of his own scientists and science advisors, or even in getting basic scientific facts correct. Here are just a few anecdotes from this week’s SAB meeting that made this clear:

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Put Them In, Coach: Why Sidelining the EPA’s Science Advisory Board Is a Disservice to Us All

, Lead science and policy analyst

The EPA’s key scientific sounding board, the Science Advisory Board (SAB), will be holding its first full public meeting of 2019 this week. And as Administrator Wheeler’s EPA continues to roll back policies that were informed by science or devise new strategies to restrict the way that science is used in agency rulemakings, the committee formed to help review the agency’s science should have a very long to-do list. Read more >

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