The Trump administration will not reappoint half the expert members of a board that advises the Environmental Protection Agency on the integrity of its science. All of the members being dismissed were at the end of serving at least one three-year term, although these terms are often renewed instead of terminated.
The Board of Scientific Counselors is an 18-member board whose mission is to "evaluate science and engineering research, programs and plans, laboratories, and research-management practices of ORD [EPA's office of research and development] and recommend actions to improve their quality and or strengthen their relevance to EPA's mission".
"We're not going to rubber-stamp the last administration's appointees".
"EPA received hundreds of nominations to serve on the board, and we want to ensure fair consideration of all the nominees - including those nominated who may have previously served on the panel - and carry out a competitive nomination process", Freire said in a statement. "What seems to be premature removals of members of this Board of Science Counsellors when the board has come out in favour of the EPA strengthening its climate science, plus the severe cuts to research and development - you have to see all these things as interconnected". However, Pruitt's chief of staff told the Washington Post that he thinks the fired members' reactions were out of line.
"These reforms will strengthen the public's trust of the science the EPA uses to support its regulations", Science, Space and Technology Committee Chair Texas Rep. Lamar Smith said on the House floor March regarding the bill. The decision is the latest in a series of moves that could benefit polluters.
A spokesperson for Pruitt said, "The administrator believes we should have people on this board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community".
The board's advisers are appointed for three-year terms, which are typically renewed even under a new administration.
An EPA spokesperson did not respond to TPM's questions about whether, or how dramatically, Pruitt meant to change the balance of the board to favor industry scientists. "Members of the board say they have reviewed the EPA's scientific research on the public health impact of leaking underground fuel tanks, the toxicity of the chemicals used to clean up oil spills, and the effects of the spread of bark beetles caused by a warming climate", the Times writes. "Perhaps more significant is the signal it sends about the politicization of science, which will likely exacerbate mistrust and cynicism of the federal government".
In his short time as EPA administrator, Pruitt has already taken major steps toward reducing the agency's ability to protect the environment.
A Michigan State University professor was among several advisers cut from a key scientific review panel at the Environmental Protection Agency in the last week as part of an effort to replace appointees from the last administration.
A Kushner Companies spokeswoman declined to comment in a "New York Times" article about the Beijing event published on Saturday. The reclusive state has warned the United States of a nuclear attack in response to any aggression.
Perhaps more impressive, he has failed to hit safely in just two of the Orioles' 17 games. "That's not how you do that, man. There's a four-game set starting May 1 between these two at Fenway Park, and the reset button should be hit before then.
Meanwhile polls have warned that Labour, which won a majority in four councils five years ago, could be facing "heavy losses". The party had 43 candidates for the 85 seats in Glasgow, and needed to win all of the them to keep control of the council.
An earlier leak claimed that the OnePlus 5 will feature 8 GB of RAM , which is unprecedented in the smartphone industry's history. A supposed screenshot posted on Slashleaks shows specs that include 128GB of storage alongside not 6GB of RAM , but 8GB of RAM .
Also, as the documentary features Prince Harry and Prince William , fans of the British monarchy will especially want to watch. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have spoken openly about their mother and her influence in a new ITV documentary .
Nine of the court's other active judges were appointed by Democratic presidents and five by Republicans - one of them, Judge J. Also for the first time: the 4th Circuit will provide a live audio broadcast of the hearing.
Last year, the "Bon Appétit" singer bleached her eyebrows and debuted her black-and-gold look with the extra alien effect . This may have been Selena Gomez's fourth MET Gala but home girl looked super plain.
The Rockets destroyed the Spurs in Game 1 by hitting 22 3-pointers, and the home team knocked down 19 triples on Sunday night. But there was no need for alarm, as he shook off the injury and returned after the timeout to make a 3-pointer seconds later.
As a result, they sent their oldest son on an earlier flight home and brought a auto seat with them for the toddler. Following the United incident, Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) said it would stop overbooking its flights.
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House repeal of 'Obamacare' hands hot potato to wary Senate
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Russia: Others may help secure Syria safe zones
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Trump Revisits 2016 Victory
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Draft rules for national no-fly list released
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Annotated: Trump's Executive Order On Religious Liberty
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Cardinals place Piscotty on DL with hamstring injury
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SNP win most council seats as Tories make large gains
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