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EPA Shakes Up Scientific Panels by Adding More Industry Voices

Oct. 31, 2017, 2:28 PMUpdated: Oct. 31, 2017, 7:33 PM

The Trump administration is shaking up the expert panels that interpret the scientific research underpinning pollution regulations by making it harder for some scientists to participate.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said his new policy would bar members of EPA’s scientific advisory boards from also receiving agency grants, portraying the change as a way to limit conflicts of interest and ensure “independent, arms-length input” on issues ranging from pesticides to drinking water.

“Whatever science we’re involved in here at the EPA should not be political science,” Pruitt said ahead of a 2 p.m. event to highlight the policy info...

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