Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board

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EPA spokesman JP Freire said the agency will consider new nominees, including those who may now work for chemical and fossil fuel companies.

J.P. Freire, a spokesman for the agency, said the Trump administration is now looking for nominees who better match the goals of the president. "EPA is stressing here that this is supposed to be an open and competitive process; no one was ever supposed to be guaranteed a second term". "This approach is what was always intended for the Board, and we're making a clean break with the last administration's approach".

By expanding the applicant pool, Freire likely means opening up the advisory board to more members of industry (it's mostly been filled with people from academia).

"I've never heard of any circumstance where someone didn't serve two consecutive terms". It's not a partisan board, but has been a target of political attacks from Republicans like Representative Lamar Smith, who say it pushes the agency toward stricter regulations.

In fact, the academics who did not get another three year term can reapply for their board positions, but now they'll have to compete in a larger pool of applicants.

A flag hangs over an entrance to the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington on April 22, 2017. "I understand that this commitment is longer than is required by the federal impartiality standards, but I am taking this action to avoid even the appearance of any impropriety under federal ethics or professional responsibility obligations".

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EPA spokesman J.P. Freire said Monday that advisory panels like the Board of Scientific Counselors play a "critical role" reviewing the agency's work. The administration has been meeting with academics to talk about the matter and putting thought into which areas of investigation warrant attention from the agency's scientific advisers.

Robert Richardson, an ecological economist at MSU, said on Twitter he had served on the EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors, but that his appointment was terminated Friday.

According to the Washington Post, an overhaul of scientific boards is not unique to the EPA this week.

Conservative federal legislators have complained that the EPA's Scientific Advisory Board (a 47-member panel that works with the Board of Scientific Counselors) lacks "balance", although the board is independent and composed of relevant experts who can assess underlying science that informs EPA policy. Former board members tell the Times that it would review research such as oil spills, the chemicals used to clean oil spills up and the effects of bark beetles due to climate change. "The conflict of interest here is clear".

The newspaper reports it obtained a budget proposal that shows the board in question is set to receive an 84 percent cut from its operating budget. Dropping experts who could challenge the scientific basis for his decisions might sound depressing, but it's wholly consistent with everything else we've seen so far.

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