EPA Blocks Scientists Who Get Grants from Its Advisory Boards

The Hill covers EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to prohibit scientists receiving grants from the agency from serving on the agency’s advisory boards.

The Trump administration rolled out a new policy Tuesday that states scientists receiving Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants cannot serve on the agency’s advisory boards, a move critics decried as part of a war on independent science.

Myron Ebell, head of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s energy and environment center, said his group “strongly supports EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s sensible and long overdue reforms of the agency’s numerous advisory boards.”

Ebell also led President Trump’s transition team operation at the EPA.

“The fact that some of the EPA’s advisory boards are filled with members whose research receives millions of dollars of funding from the EPA is an obvious conflict of interest that should never have been allowed to develop,” he said.

Read the full article at The Hill.