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Dear Administrator Wheeler: This is What EPA Science Advice Looks Like

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Last Thursday and Friday, a historic meeting took place. A 20-member panel of air pollution experts met in Washington DC, despite being disbanded by EPA leaders exactly one year before. The panel’s work of advising EPA’s upcoming decision on particulate matter air pollution standards is far from over, but the meeting was a significant step in ensuring independent science can continue to inform the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, even as agency leaders sabotage the process. 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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Genna Reed

The EPA Cut Science Out of Air Pollution Standard-Setting. We’re Putting It Back.

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

EPA leaders have now irreparably damaged the agency’s process for setting health-based air pollution standards. That’s why scientists are taking matters into their own hands. To ensure that independent science informs the particulate matter standards and beyond, the very particulate matter review panel that EPA Administrator Wheeler disbanded last year will reconvene. Read more >

Genna Reed
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Smoggy skyline in Salt Lake City, Utah

A Timeline of Recent Attacks on the EPA’s Science-based Ambient Air Pollution Standards

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Trump administration officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency have made several moves that undermine the longstanding process that the agency uses to ensure that independent science informs ambient air pollution standards.

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Photo: USDA

EPA Administrator Wheeler Worsens Particulate Pollution Review Process

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

In April, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected the recommendations of his hand-picked science advisors on the particulate matter and ozone standard updates. Now, we again see him choose to meet a political deadline at the expense of a scientifically sound process. The bottom line is that Administrator Wheeler has made a small, inadequate, and unprecedented addition to what is still a very broken process of updating our National Ambient Air Quality Standard for particulate matter. Read more >

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