Tag: Science Advisory Board

EPA Acts to Involve Scientific Review Sooner

On February 28, 2022, the EPA issued an internal memorandum detailing rules for an improved process to engage its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) sooner in the review of scientific and technical components of proposed EPA decisions. Timely expert advice, based on the review of scientific and technical information, from the SAB to support Agency decisions […]

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EPA’s Science Board to Research COVID-19 Pandemic

The EPA has announced that its Science Advisory Board (SAB) will significantly ramp up its research into the human and environmental health impacts of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.

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EPA’s Policy on Science Committees Falls Short of Rational Decision-Making

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit found that an EPA directive that recast procedures for selecting members for the Agency’s 22 science committees violated federal law. Issued by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in October 2017, the directive’s most controversial element prohibited committee membership to recipients of EPA grants. […]

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Motivation, Legality of Memo to EPA Science Advisory Board Questioned by House Leader

Concerns about instructions in a draft memorandum from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler about which proposed documents the Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) reviews were raised in a letter Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-D) sent to Wheeler. According to Johnson, the draft memo directed that the chair of the SAB, “in consultation with EPA,” would determine […]