US agency sacks major scientific review board members

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On 6 May 2017, E&E News (a site for energy and environmental news) reported on Richardson's dismissal, as well as news that up to eleven additional members of the 18-member board would not have their terms renewed either - a major overhaul made possible by the fact that a majority of the terms expire this fiscal year.

Richardson, who tweeted on Saturday, "Today, I was Trumped", said that he was at the end of an initial three-year term on the board, but that board members traditionally have served two such stints.

Two specific panels have been named already: The 47-member Science Advisory Board, which evaluates certain regulations and helps direct research done for the agency, and the Board of Scientific Counselors, an 18-member panel that assesses the diligence of that research.

Agency spokesperson J.P. Freire told the Post that the dismissals marked a "clean break" with the Obama administration, and that "We're not going to rubber-stamp the last administration's appointees".

The New York Times reports the five academic scientists were let go Friday, May 5, in a move that an EPA spokesperson said lets them "have people on this board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community".

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).

EPA wants to open up the process to the hundreds of applicants that were not considered by the Obama administration. 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.

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"In the broader view, I suppose it is the prerogative of this administration to set the goals of federal agencies and to appoint members to advisory boards", she added.

Late Friday, Michigan State University's Robert Richardson announced via Twitter that he'd been "Trumped", adding, "I have had the pleasure of serving on the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, and my appointment was terminated today".

The agency has also removed some scientific data on climate change from its websites.

An EPA spokesman disputed that anyone was dismissed, saying that individuals on the science review board are appointed for a single three-year term, and that those whose terms are not renewed can re-apply to serve again in the future.

The Board of Scientific Counselors was established in 1996 with a mission of providing advice and recommendations on science and engineering practices and research done by the EPA's labs and scientists. Tumult in the board of advisers overseeing that office could ensure there are fewer independent eyes assessing whether important work is being done, said Gretchen Goldman, research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

But skeptics, including career EPA staff, see this as a move by President Donald Trump to redirect the focus of the pollution regulator, and cozy up to business. EPA officials confirmed to several news organizations over the weekend that several.

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