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Former EPA Advisers Sue Pruitt Over Scientific Board Purge

Dec. 21, 2017, 9:20 PM

Two of the EPA’s former scientific advisers are asking a court to overturn the agency’s decision to bar grant recipients from serving on advisory committees that influence science policy.

Two former members of the Science Advisory Board and three public health interest groups say Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Oct. 31 directive prevents qualified scientists and medical professionals from advising the agency.

In his directive, Pruitt determined that a researcher who receives EPA grants wouldn’t be independent of the agency and therefore would be unfit to advise it.

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