The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed at least five academic members from an internal review board meant to “sustain and enhance the quality of science” and may replace them with representatives from industries the EPA regulates, according to The New York Times.
E&E News reports that up to a dozen members of the board’s 18 members could eventually be let go.
A spokesman for EPA head Scott Pruitt told the Times that Pruitt is considering replacing the five scientists, which have mostly been filled with university-affiliated researchers, with representatives of industries whose pollution the EPA policies in an effort “to take as inclusive an approach to regulation as possible.”
“The administrator believes we should have people on this board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community,” spokesperson J.P. Freire told The Times.
The Hill adds:
Trump has also signed several executive orders that impact the environment, including rolling back former President Barack Obama’s climate change policies and expanding offshore drilling.