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Democrats demand justification for EPA scientists’ expulsion

Democrat senators are demanding information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the disbandment of two scientific advisory panels on air pollution and its appointment of advisers with questionable credentials.

Senator Tom Carper, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and 15 other Democrat senators signed an open letter demanding that the EPA provide documents related to its closure of the panels and its appointment of members to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (Casac) who might have conflicting interests. The two EPA panels that were closed down were the Particulate Matter Review Panel and the Ozone Review Panel.

“These actions, taken together with past similar actions, could have the effect of jeopardizing the environment and human health, because they are likely to result in the replacement of renowned scientists who can provide EPA with advice on how to best protect people from the effects of environmental pollution with less qualified, industry representatives who may also have conflicts of interest,” the senators said in the letter dated 15 November.

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