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 Post subject: GOP lawmakers slam EPA chief over firing of science advisers
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GOP lawmakers slam EPA chief over firing of science advisers


Two House Republicans are สล็อตออนไลน์ demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency provide
records related to a decision by the agency's new leader to remove dozens of scientists and other
experts from two key advisory boards.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan has said the advisers appointed under the Trump administration were
overly friendly to business and that his Mar 31 “reset” of the Science Advisory Board and Clean Air
Scientific Advisory Committee would return EPA to its practice of relying on advice from a balanced
group of experts.

Regan’s overhaul removed more than 45 members of the two science advisory boards, including some
whose terms do not expire this year. The panels provide scientific expertise and recommendations for
air quality standards and other policies intended to protect public health and the environment.

But GOP Reps. James Comer of Kentucky and Ralph Norman of South Carolina criticised Regan for
what they called an unwarranted “purge” based more on politics than science. Comer is the senior
Republican on the House Oversight Committee, while Norman is the top Republican on the panel’s
environment subcommittee.

“Traditionally science advisory boards are bipartisan panels used to provide advice to the administrator.
Unfortunately, it appears the Biden administration is continuing to purge officials in the government
who do not share its political beliefs,'' Comer and Norman wrote Wednesday in a letter to Regan.

“The midterm firing of science advisory board members within the first months of a new administration ....
raises serious concerns about the politicisation of the EPA,” they added.

Regan told The Associated Press in an interview late last month that while he was clearing out the two
important panels, ousted members can apply for reinstatement.

“Scientific integrity is a foundational value for EPA,″ Regan said. “And I am committing to ensuring that
every single decision we make meets rigorous scientific standards.’’

Democrats have said a 2017 decision by Donald Trump’s first EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, to remove
many academic scientists from the advisory panels tilted them in favor of the chemical and fossil fuel

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