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EPA Science Advisory Board’s Job Gets Harder—and More Important—By the Minute

, Lead science and policy analyst

As the nation is thrust into the most devastating period of the COVID-19 outbreak, EPA is pushing forward several destructive policy decisions while loosening enforcement requirements for polluters—even as emerging evidence shows that air pollution is making the pandemic more deadly. In the midst of all of this, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is attempting to review recent deregulatory actions, despite new changes to its own decisionmaking process issued by Administrator Wheeler earlier this year. 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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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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Independent Science Takes Another Hit at the EPA: New Science Advisory Board Members Announced

, Lead science and policy analyst

The EPA released the names of eight new members yesterday. The verdict? Acting Administrator Wheeler is continuing the trend of undermining the independence and quality of scientific advice to the EPA, Read more >

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Debriefing the EPA’s Science Advisory Board Meeting

, Lead science and policy analyst

I spent most of Thursday and Friday this week at the EPA’s Science Advisory Board meeting in Washington, DC, as the 44 members gathered to discuss EPA’s regulatory agenda and hear updates from EPA programs on lead, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). As I explained earlier this week, it was the first meeting for 18 of the members who had been appointed after Administrator Pruitt issued his directive barring EPA-funded scientists from serving on the committee. Read more >

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