Enlarge / Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt. (credit: Getty Images)
US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took another step to reshape the independent boards that advise the agency on science Tuesday. The newly announced directive bars scientists who receive EPA research grants from serving as science advisers to the agency.

The move follows previous decisions to dismiss a number of academic researchers in favor of greater representation from industry representatives.
In a news release, the EPA described the move as ensuring that advisers are “independent and free from any real, apparent, or potential interference with their ability to objectively serve as a committee member.” Pruitt and some other conservative critics of environmental regulations have recently argued that scientists who have performed EPA-funded research have a conflict of interest—that they are biased toward approving new regulatory efforts. “Whatever science comes out of EPA, shouldn’t be political science,” Pruitt said in the agency’s release.
Traditionally, the EPA has viewed researchers who won grants for their work as experts—you’d hope an agency only gave money to scientists it thought were among the best.

As such, they were also viewed as valuable contributors who could review the quality of the agency’s scientific analyses.
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