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Trump Scientific Adviser Shakeup Could Mean More Industry Advice

  • Some EPA science research board members won’t get new term
  • Interior Department reviewing more than 200 advisory groups
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The Trump administration may give industries a bigger platform to influence agencies’ decisions by reshaping the scientific and expert panels that give advice to the federal government about the dangers of pollution, how to manage public lands and other research areas.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt notified half the 18 members of the Board of Scientific Counselors that their terms had ended and would not be renewed. The panel of experts, who typically serve two consecutive three-year terms, helps guide the agency’s research office.