- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt fired five scientists from the Board of Scientific Counselors.
- Pruitt is contemplating replacing them with people who work for the very same industries the EPA is tasked with regulating.
- The move, reported by the New York Times, is yet another action that Pruitt has taken to replace academic research with corporate influence.
- EPA spokesman J.P. Freire told the Times
that the decision was an attempt by Pruitt to “have people on this
board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated
community” — in other words, those who work in polluting industries. Read more (5/8/17)