There is a notable ideological shift at the agency under the Trump administration and EPA head Scott Pruitt. 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. That has included the 47-member Scientific Advisory Board, which Republican members of Congress have said needs reworking to "provide meaningful and unbiased scientific advice" and increased transparency.
Courtney Flint, a professor at Utah State University on the Board of Scientific Counselors, said in a statement Monday that the news she received Friday "came as a surprise".
According to the Washington Post, an overhaul of scientific boards is not unique to the EPA this week.
It would mark the latest step from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration to reshape the agency in a way that cuts its reach and allows businesses to operate with fewer constraints. "These folks were appointed for three-year terms, they're not guaranteed a second three-year term".
Other media reports had Friere saying the changes were meant to allow new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt - who has been a long-standing critic of the agency - to bring in new advisers, and that he would consider replacing academics on the board with people from industry as long as the appointments did not lead to conflicts of interest. While the move has outraged some environmentalists, it seems completely in line with Pruitt's longstanding goal of curtailing the EPA's regulatory power from within.
Many in the scientific community have expressed fears that the move is illustrative of a broader effort to make the agency friendlier to industry at the expense of objective science.
One scientist on the board said he had never before seen a person not reappointed to the board during a presidential transition.
Pentagon considers sending more troops to Afghanistan
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LeBron James scores 35 points, Cavaliers sweep Raptors
Washington has been a dominant team at home this season, but has been lackluster at best away from the Verizon Center. The margin reached 12, but Wall roared from there with all 14 of his first-half points coming in the second quarter.
College commissioners make early signing period official
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Alvarez sleepwalks through Chavez, Golovkin next
While it appeared that September of this year was a possibility, the fight may now have to wait until 2018. Fans began to boo in the final few rounds, perhaps because of the fight's one-sided nature.
Rangers top Senators, even the series at 2-2
Karlsson played during the first round with two microfractures in one of his feet from blocking a shot late in the regular season. Saturday's most dramatic moment in an exciting game came with time winding down and the Senators down by a goal.
Mets suspend Harvey for violating team rules; Wilk to start
He is hitting.313 with a home run and four RBIs in 20 games, ranking among National League rookie leaders in batting average. "We've got some good pranksters in here, that's for sure", Plawecki said. "So I let a couple of emotions out a little bit".