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Scientific societies ask Trump to protect advisory boards

More than a dozen leading science organizations have warned President Donald Trump not to let politics infect science advisory boards at federal agencies.

“The selection, removal or replacement of advisory committee members or the disbanding of advisory committees based on criteria extraneous either to the science and technology issues that the agency addresses, or the representation of stakeholder interests, compromises the integrity of the process of receiving scientific advice,” the groups said.

The EPA recently fired nine members of its board of scientific counselors, then told many more that their terms would not be renewed when they end in August. Counselors have historically served two terms.

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