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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 03:04 PM

E.P.A. Broke Rules in Shake-Up of Science Panels, Federal Watchdog Says

Source: The New York Times



By Lisa Friedman
July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration failed to follow ethics rules last year when it dismissed academic members of Environmental Protection Agency advisory boards and replaced them with appointees connected to industry, a federal watchdog agency concluded Monday.

The agency, the Government Accountability Office, found that the administration “did not consistently ensure” that appointees to E.P.A. advisory panels met federal ethics requirements. It also concluded that Trump administration officials violated E.P.A. guidelines by not basing the appointments on recommendations made by career staff members.

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s first E.P.A. administrator who resigned last year amid ethics scandals, remade the agency’s science advisory panels because he said they did not fairly represent the United States geographically, or the industries affected by regulations.

The percentage of academic scientists serving on one E.P.A. panel, the Scientific Advisory Board, dropped 27 percent during the first year of the Trump administration. Academics on the agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors dropped 45 percent. Investigators found that the percentage of academics on E.P.A. advisory boards remained stable around 83 percent during the first year President Barack Obama was in office.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/climate/epa-advisory-panels-gao-report.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 03:36 PM

1. Yeah, so what? Whose head will fall? Who will be indicted, tried and convicted? Answer: no one!

We need to put real teeth into non-compliance with the law or else we will lose, lose, lose every stinkin' time!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:21 PM

2. Big deal, rules, laws don't apply to republicans, and Pelosi not willing to

 

hold any one accountable so far.


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:34 PM

3. So many impeachable offenses outside scope of Mueller report



K&R for exposure

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Response to diva77 (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:42 PM

4. I agree

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