In unprecedented move, EPA to block scientists who get agency funding from serving as advisers

Pruitt, EPA

JULIET EILPERIN, BRADY DENNIS and CHRIS MOONEY / WASHINGTON POST – Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is poised to make wholesale changes to the agency’s key advisory group by jettisoning scientists who have received grants from the EPA and replacing them with industry experts and state government officials.

The move represents a fundamental shift, one that could change the scientific and technical advice that historically has guided the agency as it crafts environmental regulations. The decision to bar any researcher who receives EPA grant money from serving as an adviser appears to be unprecedented …

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